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Iceland scored sixth highest in a global study of junk food vs. fruit and vegetable consumption, Mail Online reports.

The study, published in the latest issue of The Lancet Global health journal, assessed the quality of diet in 187 countries, over a 20 year period.

Azerbaijan topped the list of countries who scored highest for unhealthy foods, followed by Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Belgium. Heilongjiang province in China was fifth.

The countries which scored highest for healthy foods were Tunisia followed by Barbados, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Israel and Qatar.

Nine of the top ten countries on a list of healthiest diets, containing the most fruit, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, are in Sub-Saharan Africa: Chad, Sierra Leone, Mali, Gambia, Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Israel and Somalia.

The countries with the least healthy diets overall were: Armenia, Hungary, Belgium, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Argentina, Turkmenistan, Mongolia and Slovakia.

Dr Fumiaki Imamura, of the University of Cambridge, who led the research, said: “By 2020, projections indicate that non-communicable diseases will account for 75 per cent of all deaths.”

The study found a rise in consumption of fruit and vegetables worldwide.

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