London - Packaged food in Britain came out as the healthiest in the world in a major study.
Rigorous tests on food and drink from 12 nations put the UK at the top of the table, followed by America and Australia.
The research, led by Oxford University, analysed more than 400 000 products over five years to 2018.
Everything from ready meals and supermarket sandwiches to chips and fizzy drinks was analysed for levels of sugar, saturated fat, salt, calories and key nutrients such as calcium, protein and fibre.
Each product was given a star rating out of five for healthiness. Although Britain came out on top, it did so with an overall score of just 2.83. Experts stress that too many people are still harming their health with what they eat.