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Packaged food in Britain is among the healthiest in the world, research has shown.
A global study of food and drinks sold on the shelves of 12 countries put the UK at top of the table.
Research - Experts - University - Oxford - Value
The research, led by experts at the University of Oxford, analysed the nutritional value of more than 400,000 products.
Countries were given a five star rating in categories including breads, cereals, beverages and various snacks.
Researchers - Work - Obesity - Reviews - Journal
The researchers, whose work is published in the Obesity Reviews journal, found pre-packaged food and drinks in the UK had the highest average rating, at 2.83 out of five.
This was followed by the US at 2.82 and Australia at 2.81.
India - Rating - China - Chile - Bottom
India had the lowest rating of just 2.27 followed by China at 2.43 with Chile coming third from bottom at 2.44.
The UK also had the lowest level of sugar in packed food (3.5g/100g), beverages (7.2g/100g) and both combined (3.8g/100g).
Average - Sugar - UK - Items - China
The overall average of sugar in UK packaged items was less than half the 8.3g per 100g in China.
Despite the relative healthiness of UK food on the global map, experts stress British people are still harming their health with the food they eat.
Study - Lancet - Journal - Diets - Deaths
A recent study in the Lancet medical journal found poor diets are responsibly for nearly 90,000 deaths in Britain every year.
Nearly one in every six UK deaths is linked to unhealthy food, that study found, with the annual death toll close to overtaking smoking.
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