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Which countries eat the healthiest foods?

Australia fourth, the US sixth and Canada seventh

Food tourism is all the rage. Turn on your television, and you’ll almost certainly come across at least one programme dedicated to travel and cuisine combined. 


But putting aside people’s personal preferences, which countries offer travellers the healthiest dishes? Would you believe Australia is right up there? 



UK group Hayes & Jarvis analyzed data to find which nations have the most “well-rounded” fare, identifying “how close the nutrients in a meal are to the recommended proportions per calorie”. 


Exploring 34 countries and destinations worldwide, as well as 102 different meal options, the study looked at popular breakfasts, lunches, dinners and claimed national dishes.


Overall, the countries with the healthiest diets are India (whose masala dosas are highlighted as an excellent lunch option) China, Sri Lanka, Australia and Oman.


In recommending Australian food, the study said “Australia’s zucchini (courgette) fritters, and avocado & vegemite toast, mean that vegetable options are high”. 


“With a complement of chicken parmigiana for an evening meal, the Australian micronutrient profile is robust and salt is low,” it added.


So you have the green light for that next chicken parma - though you may want to omit the usual accompanying beer.


The country with the healthiest breakfast is Hong Kong (Australia, third), while Sri Lanka offers the best lunch.


Interestingly, for the most nutritional dinner, look no further than New Zealand.  


In an infographic detailing its findings, the study features full nutritional profiles of the meals, including vitamins and nutrients, as well as cholesterol and macronutrients like protein and carbohydrates. 


According to this study, the unhealthiest country for a culinary tour is Brazil, while Argentina offers the unhealthiest meal: a meat-heavy chorizo, pork, and beef dish.


For the full findings, click here.


Which countries do you think have the healthiest diets?



Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 12 November 2018

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