PRO-TIPS on WHOLE FOOD CHOICES in DENMARK
Eggs: There are several brands of organic eggs (økologiske æg) available in most of the cheaper groceries stores (Fakta, Super Brugsen, Super Best, Netto) as well as Irma, and I find that the best taste and quality comes from Dueholm Økologiske Æg. NOTE: Free range hens (that make “frilandsæg”) in Denmark live under almost identical living conditions (read: bad) as regular conventional hens (that make “skrabeæg”), except farmers are required to give the free range eggs more room to roam around. They are not necessarily exposed to daylight, and in most cases are fed foods containing pesticides, GMOs, and fertilizers. After doing some comparisons with several brands of eggs at once, it’s pretty obvious which eggs are the best by the dark color of the yolk in the Dueholm Økologiske Æg. In principle, the darker the color, the more vitamins (except in the US, where they are still allowed to feed the chickens yellow food coloring in order to make their eggs look healthier).
Milk: Check out my Links to read about the benefits of raw milk. If you don’t have access to raw milk like me (the sale of raw milk in Denmark is currently illegal), go for whole organic milk (økologisk sødmælk) or my personal favorite, gård mælk (it’s pasteurized, but they don’t remove any fat, nor do they “regulate” it, so the fat amount varies throughout the year depending on the season and has a delicious, also sweet, creamy texture). My all-time favorite source for unregulated milk can be found at Torvehallerne, at the Unika stall. They also sell 48% double cream, 48% crème fraiche, and a couple raw cheeses along with an expansive variety of pasteurized cheeses. Everything there is from grassfed cows.
Coffee: When I need a treat, there isn’t much you can do to keep me away from a latté, which are, luckily, the latest craze (after cocktails) in Copenhagen. So far I haven’t seen any cafés that use almond milk for their espresso drinks, though some proudly state that they can make soy lattés (alert! Steer clear of soy!). I have, however, talked one of the baristas at Baresso in Christianshavn into storing a brick of almond milk in their fridge if I buy it, and making lattés for me upon request until it runs out. If you don’t really care about almond milk because you prefer your lattés with real milk, I highly suggest the following coffee shops, who tend to use organic whole milk in their (very good quality) espresso drinks:
- Coffee Collective (Torvehallerne, Frederiksberg & Nørrebro)
- Risteriet (Indry By)
- emmerys (Everywhere, check site for specifics)
There are a lot of healthnuts out there who will tell you to stop drinking coffee if you want to get healthy. I’m not one of those people. I love it, and if I’m not going to eat sugar, and I’m going to avoid grains, I’m not going to cut out coffee. Though I would agree that you should try to avoid drinking too much of it, or any other caffeinated beverage. From what I’ve read and heard from various ND’s, you should limit yourself to about two cups (shots, servings, whatever) of any caffeinated beverage a day (unless of course you’re super sensitive to caffeine, are suffering from some sort of sleeping disorder, or get heart palpitations…then you should definitely not have any at all).