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20/02/2015 11:37 GMT | Updated 20/02/2015 11:59 GMT

Study Reveals Which Countries Have The Best Diets In The World (And Which Have The Worst)

If you're looking for some healthy eating inspiration, you might to book a holiday to Africa.

Because a global study has revealed the countries with the best and worst diets in the world and named Chad, Sierra Leone and Mali as the top three thanks to their high consumption of fruit, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.

On the other end of the spectrum, the American diet has been labelled as the unhealthiest in the world.

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The research, published in The Lancet Global Health journal, looks at the diets of almost 4.5 billion adults across 187 countries.

Researchers used national data to analyse how people ate between 1990 and 2010 to make their findings.

They assessed food in three groups. The first was healthy foods, which included fruit, veg, seeds, whole grains and beans. The second was unhealthy foods, which included processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and saturated fat. And the third was an analysis of food overall.

The scientists found that while there has been a worldwide rise in the consumption of healthy food, there has also been a worrying increase in the amount of junk food being eaten.

"Diets and their trends were very heterogeneous across the world regions," the study explains.

"For example, both types of dietary patterns improved in high-income countries, but worsened in some low-income countries in Africa and Asia.

"Middle-income countries showed the largest improvement in dietary patterns based on healthy items, but the largest deterioration in dietary patterns based on unhealthy items."

According to The Independent, Dr Fumiaki Imamura, of the University of Cambridge, who led the research, said that that improving diet has a "crucial role to play" in reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases, which will account for 75% of all deaths by 2020.

A previous study, conducted by nutritionists for Channel 4 programme World's Best Diet, found Iceland to have had the world's best diet. This time it failed to make the top 10 list.

See the results of the latest research below:

The 10 countries with the healthiest diets overall were:

1. Chad

2. Sierra Leone

3. Mali

4. Gambia

5.Uganda

6. Ghana

7. Ivory Coast

8. Senegal

9. Israel

10. Somalia

The 10 countries with the least healthy diets overall were:

1. Armenia

2. Hungary

3. Belgium

4. Czech Rebublic

5. Kazakhstan

6. Belarus

7. Argentina

8. Turkmenistan

9. Mongolia

10. Slovakia

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