A UK documentary crew wanted to find out which country ate the healthiest diet. By ranking 50 countries' cuisine, they were then able to see the recurring factors that could help us all eat healthier and live longer.
Europe contains some of the healthiest countries in the world and entering this ranking at number nine is the Netherlands. Fatty sausages don't seem super healthy, but their ingredients are pure. The presence of boiled vegetables, potatoes and other starchy carbohydrates prove that you don't have to eat like a rabbit to be healthy.
Lots of fresh shellfish, white fish, rice and vegetables keep the Spanish healthy. They rarely eat processed foods and prepare their meals from scratch and with lots of vegetables and other fresh produce.
The French know how to eat well but in moderation. They eat slowly and consume rich, natural foods. Although their meals seem calorific, they are still much better for you than packaged foods that come premade in the supermarket because they're made of REAL ingredients and lack sneakily-added sugar.
Kuna Indians grow everything they eat within their community. Their diet is rich in carbohydrates, like grains and rice, but also mounds of fresh vegetables. Their lack of dairy and meat helps them to avoid certain cancers and heart disease that modern man has brought upon himself from introducing these foreign items into our bodies.
Swedish folk eat heartily but healthily. They consume a balanced diet, including all of the food groups. They are not as likely to buy processed foods as some other European countries, which keeps them in the top 5.
A high amount of fresh fish and pure, unprocessed rice keeps these guys healthy, as well as almost no dairy, which is commonly linked to illness and weight gain. They also eat little sugar and cook a lot of vegetables.
Fun fact: The high amount of soy consumed has been known to reduce menopausal symptoms in Japanese women.
A typical Greek diet is high in vegetables, good fats, fresh fish, meat and homecooked food. Processed, sugary foods are rare and more expensive than fresh, whole foods like rice and salad. They also eat less dairy than other countries, which lowers their fat intake.
The Italians make the majority of their meals from scratch and it's much harder to find processed foods in their supermarkets. Their olive oil-rich diet could seem too heavy to be healthy, but because it's low in sugar and high in natural fats, vegetables and fresh meat, it ranks at number two.
Iceland came out on top with their highly unprocessed diet of fresh fish, potatoes and vegetables. Their produce comes from mostly family-run farms where food is pure and free of additives, pesticides and other impurities.
The tragic story of the Marshall Islands began with a healthy community eating natural foods from the earth...until the U.S. Army occupied the island 60 years ago. They imported canned and heavily processed foods from America, which caused a drop in local food production.
Now, the price of fresh vegetables is too high for most families and the community survives off of fatty, low-quality meat, soda and canned vegetables. Type 2 diabetes is so prevalent that the most common surgery there is amputation caused by the disease.
2. Other Least Healthy Countries (USA, Australia & UK)
So, the obvious take away from this list is that to stay healthy, we need to eat whole, unprocessed foods and cook for ourselves. Anything pre-made in a factory has added ingredients and chemicals that are making us sick.
It also is proven that sugar is much worse for us than fat and that we can eat almost any variety of natural foods and still stay fit and happy!