Recently, it was stated that British food is not that terrible, after all. An international survey has discovered that when it comes to having the healthiest packaged drinks and foods, the U.K. tops the lists, with the U.S. in second position and Australia at third position. The study at George Institute for Global Health analyzed over 400,000 drink and food products from 12 nations and territories across the globe. The survey emphasizes the high levels of sugar, salt, saturated fat, and calories/kJ in a wide range of favorite food items. The nations were ranked by using Australian Health Star Rating system that measures the levels of the nutrients like energy, saturated fat, salt, sugar, in addition to calcium, protein, and fiber and assigns a star rating from ½ stars (least healthy) to 5 stars (the most healthy).
It was seen that the U.K. had the highest average rating of 2.83, trailed by the U.S. at 2.82, and Australia at 2.81. Surprisingly, India got the least rating of just 2.27 accompanied by China at 2.43 with Chile being at position third from bottom at 2.44. The findings were issued in the journal Obesity Reviews. During the study, it was seen that China’s drinks were the healthiest with an average rating of 2.9 but packaged. Canada topped the list for harmful salt levels in drinks and foods with an average of 291 mg per 100 gm of sodium. China’s packaged beverages and foods had the unhealthiest levels of saturated fat.
On a similar note, recently, a study showed that American packaged food supply is ultra-processed. Reportedly, Americans are overexposed to stuff that is high in saturated fat, energy, sugar, and salt, as per to a new study from Northwestern Medicine that reports that the U.S. packaged beverages and food supply in 2018 were ultra-processed and in general unhealthy.