Diets of the TOP 5 Healthiest Countries in the World Revealed!

Diets of the TOP 5 healthiest countries in the world revealed!

How does your diet stack up against the world’s healthiest?


In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, new research from the Socio-Demographic Index has revealed the healthiest countries in the world.

We’ve looked at the top of list and found what makes their diet so unique and nourishing. Even the UK made the top 5!


Top of the list, Iceland, has been ranked as the healthiest place in the world to live. Strict environmental regulations set by the government as well as their geographical isolation has helped Iceland produce some of the purest food on the planet, as well as some of the healthiest and happiest people.

iceland as the most healthy country in the world

Fish is a key part of the Icelandic life – Wild salmon, haddock, herring and cod are all key staples in their diet.

Fish is full of essential fatty acids like Omega 3 which has a variety of benefits as Dr Marilyn Glenville, UK’s leading nutritionist and author of ‘Natural Alternatives to Sugar’ explains:

“Essential fats are important for your health generally but they slow down the rate at which the stomach empties, so making carbohydrates even more slow-releasing.  They can make you feel fuller for longer and also control hunger.”

“Taking supplements of Omega 3 fish oils can also be helpful as DHA one of the major Omega 3 fatty acid in the brain seems to have the most protective effect against Alzheimer’s. Now you can get a high strength Omega 3 supplement from deep sea fish oil. NHP’s Omega 3 Support contains high levels of EPA and DHA to replenish your body with fatty acids.”


singapore second most healthy country in the world

The country with the most diverse diet in the top 5 is Singapore, with influences from China, Malaysia and India making up its multicultural population.

One thing that all Singaporean food has in common is spice!

There are many healthy properties of spices, which can make you look and feel great. Lily Soutter, nutritionist and weight loss expert at, explains the benefits of ginger and turmeric:

“Ginger can give you that healthy glow, radiant skin and glossy hair. This is because ginger stimulates circulation, allowing more vital nutrients to reach each organ. Ginger is also a great anti-nausea agent, a perfect tonic if you’re not feeing up to snuff”.

“This bright yellow spice is best known for it’s potent anti-inflammatory benefits. It is the Curcumin within turmeric, which has been used to treat inflammatory conditions like arthritis as well as playing a role within cancer prevention and protecting against heart disease”.


We’ve always known that Sweden is one of the happiest places on the planet, but now it’s official that it’s also one of the healthiest.

The Swedish diet has many traditional dishes that foster good bacteria in the gut as Marilyn explains:

“The Swedish eat high quality dairy products and they are well known for producing healthy fermented dairy products. One of the them which is similar to yogurt is filmjölk but uses different beneficial bacteria to yogurt. 70% of our immune system is in our gut so these beneficial bacteria are crucial to our health.  They also have good quality complex unrefined carbohydrates in the form of rye and pumpernickel breads which we know are important for health.”


The smallest country in the top 5, Andorra, sits in between France and Spain and is one of the happiest in the world.

Their diet is full of fruit and vegetables, but also … red wine. Despite it’s tiny population, only beaten by the Vatican state, Andorra drinks the most wine in the world!

Red wine is full of antioxidants and can reduce the risk the risk of heart disease. Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at Superfood UK, explains the benefits of red wine:

“Red wine is known for having a high content of a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol helps prevent cardiovascular health conditions such as high cholesterol by protecting blood cells and platelets.  It also has a slight blood thinning property which helps prevent blood clots which are associated with heart disease and strokes.”


“If you are not a big fun of red wine but want to stay healthy and keep radiant skin, take Natures Plus AgeLoss Rejuvabolic Complex (, £47.50) This blend of resveratrol, antioxidant powerhouse vitamins, minerals and whole foods provides benefits of 365 glasses of red wine in just one serving!” recommends Nutritionist, Cassandra.


Surprisingly, the UK made the top 5!

More than ever, we are eating seasonal home-grown produce, which may be why we’ve come fifth. Shona says:

“Eating foods when in season means that you’ll be eating the way nature intended it. Summer fruits and vegetables tend to contain higher amounts of water, which dilutes their nutrient content. Compare this to winter fruits and veggies and you’ll find they’re richer in nutrients such as vitamin C and contain more valuable fibre.”

For the winter months Shona suggests stocking up on beetroot, broccoli, cranberries, tangerines and brussel sprouts.

Jordan Harris

Jordan is a current university student and has enjoyed an international upbringing across Asia and the UK. Self-confessed handbag hoarder and stationary queen, she is pursuing a career in the world of journalism.