A study by The Lancet, a UK-based medical journal, ranked countries around the world by health.
The vast study assessed more than 30 indicators of each country across 25 years to determine the healthiest countries in the world. Iceland came up top, and (Surprise, surprise!) Singapore was a close second.
Here’s what the people of the 5 healthiest countries in the world eat – you know whose diet to draw inspiration from.
The Brits must have amazing self-restraint to not grab a cookie at the confectionaries at every corner of the streets. Instead, they’re taking favour (and flavour) to local, seasonal produce commonly grown in the UK. Think winter vegetables like brussel sprouts and parsnips, which are rich in nutrients and fibre.
NEXT: Andorra →
Raise your glass to this: Andorra is the fourth healthiest nation in the world, and it also ranks second in wine consumption rate. Red wine can lower cholesterol levels, and even help to trim your waist. It fights colds, too – so the next time we’re feeling under the weather, we know what’ll perk us up.
NEXT: Sweden →
Common in Swedish cuisine are various types of meat: salmon gravlax (cured raw salmon) or cooked to flaky perfection, meatballs to roasted meats, and more. Vitamin B12 in meats, which plays a key role in keeping the brain and nervous system healthy, is particularly important as it cannot be gotten from most greens.
NEXT: Singapore →
Who would’ve guessed? Singapore is actually the second healthiest country in the world, thanks to herbs and spices like ginger and turmeric commonly found in Singaporean cuisine, nutritionists say. So get this: even decadent hawker food like Laksa can be healthy too!
NEXT: Iceland →
The people of the healthiest country in the world eats lots of fresh seafood, in particular, fish like salmon and herring. It’s a great source of high quality protein and minerals, and fatty acids slow down the release of carbohydrates into your body to keep you fuller for longer. Plus, fatty types of fish are considered the healthiest – yum!
NEXT: United Kingdom →
By Pinky Chng, December 2016
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