The researches find that a new report has shown that British processed and pre-packaged foods are among the healthiest and most nutrient-rich in the world. Because Concerningly, India and China, two of the biggest nations in the world rank lowest for packaged food product quality. Both high- and middle-income countries are struggling to cope with the burden of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
Processed and pre-packaged foods
Each of these conditions is link to an increase intake of process and package foods and beverages; with higher-income countries consuming two-thirds of their energy from calorie-dense foods. Recently, poorer regions have been rapidly taking to these foods. The main issue with processed food is its poor nutrient profile. These foods typically contain added sugar and salt and are high in saturated fats; trans fat, and salt. Thus an easy dietary intervention to improve public health would appear to be increasing the nutrient content of packaged food.
The nutrient profile of a food refers to its classification by nutrient composition. There are over 78 nutrient profiling tools currently in use; some from the food industry itself and others from governmental and non-governmental sources. Nutrient profiling is use for many purposes; including nutrition labeling and food marketing to children. It is also use to frame policies targeting the nutritional quality of the food available to a population. Therefore The current study use the HSR nutrient profiling model, which looks at the nutrition label on the front of the package.
This voluntary system is develop through a collaborative effort of the Australian government with the food industry; consumer groups and public health experts. The HSR model aims to help manufacturers develop healthier food products. The basis of the profile is the United Kingdom Of com model; with 14 major categories of food and beverages. The model assesses the density nutrients that have been link to ill-health (“nutrients of concern”), like energy, sodium, total sugars, and saturated fats per 100 g or 100 ml in packaged foods and drinks.
It also looks at the percentage of fruit; vegetable, nut and legume (FVNL%), and the density of protein; fiber and certain minerals per 100 g or 100 ml. The individual scores add up and are finally convert to an HSR number; from a minimum of ½ to a maximum of 5. The study included 12 countries, with data from the years 2013 to 2018. All of them are part of the The International Network for Food and Obesity/non‐communicable diseases Research.
Monitoring and Action Support that is concerned with providing an environment of healthy foods to reduce the incidence of diet-related chronic diseases. The data comes from The George Institute for Global Health database; and is therefore uniform in quality. Almost 400,000 products were analyzed. The mean HSR for each country; along with the median content for nutrients like saturated fat and total energy, was used to classify countries into three tertiles; from highest to lowest scores.