Britain isn’t on a junk food diet – the food sold in its supermarkets tops health league tables, a study by Oxford University suggests. 

The study of more than 400,000 food and drink products from 12 countries ranked Britain best for the levels of sugar, fat, salt and calories in common foods. 

The ranking came despite the fact the UK has the highest obesity levels in western Europe. 

And the US – which has the highest obesity levels in the world – was found to have the second healthiest offerings on sale, followed by Australia. 

The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford analysed assessed countries using Australia’s Health Star Rating system – which measures the levels of the nutrients such as energy, salt, sugar, saturated fat as well as protein, calcium and fibre. 

It found that the UK had the highest average Health Star Rating of 2.83, followed by the US at 2.82 and Australia at 2.81. India got the lowest rating of just 2.27 followed by China at 2.43 with Chile coming third from bottom at 2.44. 

The results were published in Obesity Reviews.

Lead author Dr Elizabeth Dunford said: “Globally we’re all 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. Our results show that some countries are doing a much better job than others.”

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