What do the 5 healthiest countries in the world eat?

by Luis Bobadilla

A study recently published by the British health magazine The Lancet shows the current state of health in 188 different countries. Based on the data obtained in the last 25 years on the evolution of the state of health, diseases and risks in different territories with respect to the socio-demographic factors of each region, the ranking of the healthiest countries of the world includes Iceland, Singapore, Sweden, Andorra and the United Kingdom.

Experts say that in addition to the high index of factors such as average income per capita, educational level or fertility, this result is due to the good eating habits of these countries. This opinion has been supported by multiple nutritionists, who have studied the characteristics of the usual diet of these countries.

Here’s a look at the eating habits of the 5 healthiest countries in the world based on the research:

5. United Kingdom:

British population is moving away from processed foods in favour of local, seasonal produce. Winter vegetables such as swedes, parsnips and brussels sprouts, which are commonly grown in the UK, are great for their nutrients such as vitamin C and contain more valuable fibre.

4. Andorra:

Andorra is the second largest consumer of wine in the world, a fact that seems to be related to the health of this small European country. Different studies have shown the many health benefits of red wine, which contains antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular health conditions such as high cholesterol or strokes.

3. Sweden:

The daily diet of this Scandinavian country is composed of multiple fermented foods that facilitate good digestion. Among the local delicacies is the filmjölk, a kind of yogurt that is usually present at all breakfasts.

2. Singapore:

Traditional Singapore cuisine is known by its high use of spices such as ginger and turmeric. In addition to being essential ingredients to make the typical local curry dishes, these spices possess properties highly beneficial to health: they are anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and help to improve blood circulation.

1. Iceland:

Fish plays a fundamental role in the life of this Scandinavian country, forming an important part of its economy and food. Salmon and herring are the most consumed species on this island, which benefits from the high content of Omega 3 provided by their meats. Their typical dish is the Harðfiskur, a dry fish usually served with bread of coal grains.

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