The Daily Telegraph

Diets not much healthier than in 1990, study finds


Diets are not much healthier today than 30 years ago, says new research.

American researcher­s ranked diets on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 a diet consisting only of junk food and 100 representi­ng a perfect, healthy diet. The average score in 2018 was 40.3 – a modest 1.5 gain compared with 1990.

Diets became healthier in the US, China, Vietnam and Iran but less healthy in Tanzania, Nigeria and Japan.

The team looked at diet data from more than 1,100 surveys from the Global Dietary Database carried out in 185 countries. Study author Dr Dariush Mozaffaria­n, of Tufts University in Massachuse­tts, said policies were needed to encourage healthier eating.

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