Global diets ‘barely heathier’ in 30 years

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A global survey shows that diets are slightly healthier than they were 30 years ago.

Researchers at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy studied the dietary habits of adults and children in 185 countries over more than 30 years. They used the Alternative Healthy Eating Index, which ranks various diets on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 representing high consumption of sugar and processed meats, and 100 representing fruits, vegetables, legumes/nuts, and whole grains. They also used data from over 1,100 surveys from the Global Diet Database, a large collaborative compilation of data on food and nutrient consumption levels around the world.

They concluded that the global average in 2018 was 40.3, 1.5 percentage points higher than in 1990. European countries were included in the region defined as ‘high-income countries’, which also includes North America and Australia. In 2018, the average score for high-income countries was 37.8, 3.2 percentage points higher than in 1990.

Nutrient-rich options are growing in popularity in the United States, Vietnam, China, and Iran, but less so in Tanzania, Nigeria, and Japan.

Regional averages ranged from 30.3 in Latin America and the Caribbean to 45.7 in South Asia. Only 10 countries, representing less than 1% of her global population, had scores above 50. The countries with the highest scores globally are Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia and India, while the countries with the lowest scores are Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Egypt.

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