UK has healthiest packaged foods, according to new global study

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23rd August 2019 10:33 - Food

UK has healthiest pre-packaged foods:A global survey looking at food packaging labels from 12 countries around the globe has found the UK is leading the way, followed by the US and Australia when it comes to the healthiest pre-packaged foods

The research from the George Institute for Global Health analysed over 400,000 food and drink labels, giving them a rating between 0.5 and 5 - with the latter being the most healthy. The analysis looked at the levels of saturated fat, sugar, salt and energy as well as fibre, protein and calcium - following Australia's Health Star rating system. 

The UK came out on top achieving a score of 2.83 overall for food, while the US Health Star Rating was just behind at 2.82. Australia scored a rating of 2.81.

At the other end of the scale was India with a Health Star Rating of 2.27, followed by China (2.43) and Chile (2.44).

The study revealed that the country with the most dangerous levels of saturated fats and sugars was China. According to the labels analysed, China's average sugar levels were 9.5g per every 100g. The UK, on the other hand used the least sugar; an average of 3.8g per 100 grams. 

China did however, score well when it came to drinks, with those analysed revealed as some of the healthiest, achieving a Health Star Rating of 2.9. 

When it comes to excessive salt, Canada was the country which fared worst, with an average score of 291mg/100g of sodium. The US came in second with 279mg/100g.

Dr Elizabeth Dunford, the lead author of the study commented: 

“Globally we’re all eating more and more processed foods and that’s a concern because our supermarkets’ shelves are full of products that are high in bad fats, sugar and salt and are potentially making us sick. Our results show that some countries are doing a much better job than others.”

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