Indian Packaged Foods Most Unhealthy: Report

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India has ranked lowest in terms of healthiness of packaged foods according to a survey conducted by the George Institute for Global Health.

The survey conducted of packaged foods and drinks across the globe showed that foods from India are the most energy dense.

The George Institute for Global Health analyzed over 4,00,000 thousand products from across 12 countries. They were ranked using Australia’s Health Star Rating System which measures the nutrient levels in each food such as salt, sugar, saturated fats including protein, calcium and fibre. It then assigns a rating from ½ (least healthy) to five (most healthy).

It has been found in the survey that packaged foods and drinks from India were also found to be the most energy-dense and products from South Africa were found to be the least energy-dense. India got the lowest Health Star rating of just 2.27 preceded by China with 2.43.

According to Elizabeth Dunford, the lead author of the study while quoted by Livemint said that the results were concerning because packaged foods and drinks are driving a double burden of diet related diseases in many low and middle-income countries. She said, “Globally we all are 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.”

She also said that the results of study show that some countries are doing a better job than others. Unfortunately, it’s the poorer nations that are least able to address the adverse health consequences that have the unhealthiest foods.

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