The World’s Biggest Veggie Lovers REVEALED: DailyMail.com’s interactive map ranks 184 countries based on how many vegetables they eat each day… and the ranking of the US and Britain might surprise you
The countries that consume the most vegetables have been revealed, with the US and UK failing to even make the top 40.
The researchers found that China was the biggest fan of vegetables overall, with the average citizen consuming about a kilogram of vegetables a day, which is the equivalent of four heads of broccoli.
For comparison, the US ranked 44th globally with residents consuming around 11 oz of vegetables per day, or slightly more than a head of broccoli. In the UK, people ate an average of 8 oz.
That’s according to statistics compiled by Oxford University-based OurWorldInData, based on data from the United Nations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults should eat about two to three cups of vegetables per day and about two cups of fruit.
Eating enough fruits and vegetables is linked to multiple health benefits, including better digestion and a lower risk of heart disease and cancer.
Of the 181 countries with data, 128, or 70 percent, consumed less than 9.5 pounds of vegetables per day, or less than a head of broccoli.
Eleven of the top 20 vegetable-consuming countries were in Asia, while another four were in Europe.
The United States was ranked 44th on the list. Only one in ten American adults consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among children, only half receive adequate amounts.
The CDC has sounded the alarm about this trend, noting: ‘Young children need specific nutrients to support their optimal growth and development. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help provide these nutrients.
“Limiting or reducing foods and beverages high in added sugars, including sugary drinks, is important because added sugars are associated with increased risk of obesity, dental caries, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.”
It’s likely to be a similar situation in the UK, with people also opting for processed and sugary foods over fruit and vegetables.
In the UK, the Government has already introduced legislation that prevents unhealthy food from being left at the end of supermarket aisles.
They are also under pressure to introduce rules preventing unhealthy products from being put up for a two-for-one or similar deal.
However, at the other end of the scale were mainly African nations, which are facing food insecurity due to climate change and local conflicts.
Chad was at the bottom of the list, with the average person consuming 215 oz of vegetables per year. It was followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 218.7oz/y and Ethiopia with 462oz.
All three have been rocked by conflict in recent years, which has affected farms and uprooted many families.