A global survey has found that when it comes to having the healthiest packaged foods and drinks, the United Kingdom ranks the highest among 12 countries, that’s according to a global study conducted by the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford.
The United Kingdom had the highest average rating of 2.83, ahead of the United States on 2.82, Australia on 2.81, Canada on 2.74, and New Zealand on 2.73.
On the other end, India got the lowest rating of just 2.27 followed by Hong Kong at 2.37, China at 2.43, and Chile at 2.44, with Mexico coming 5th from the bottom at 2.59.
The study analyzed a total of 394,815 packaged food and drink products from 12 countries and territories around the world.
Researchers judged the foods using Australia’s Health Star Rating system, which assigns a rating to food ranging from 0.5 (least healthy to 5 (the most-healthy) stars based on nutrient levels.
The team of researchers looked at multiple aspects of the products, ranking them based on things like salt, sugar, energy, saturated fat, protein, calcium, fiber, and more.
These are the countries with the healthiest packaged foods and drinks
- United Kingdom: 2.83
- United States: 2.82
- Australia: 2.81
- Canada: 2.74
- New Zealand: 2.73
- South Africa: 2.73
- Slovenia: 2.62
- Mexico: 2.59
- Chile: 2.44
- China: 2.43
- Hong Kong: 2.37
- India: 2.27
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