Maybe it’s something in the ‘Gazpacho or Paella’, as Spain just surpassed Iceland & Italy to become the world’s healthiest country.

That’s according to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 of the world’s largest economies according to factors that contribute to the overall health. In the last ranking which was published in 2017 Spain was placed in the sixth place.

According to Mayo Clinic:

“Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. The diet has been associated with a lower level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the “bad” cholesterol that’s more likely to build up deposits in your arteries.

In fact, a meta-analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality as well as overall mortality.

The Mediterranean diet is also associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer.”

Four countries from Europe were among the top 10: Iceland (third), Switzerland (fifth), Sweden (sixth) and Norway (ninth).

The index grades nations based on variables – such as life expectancy – while imposing penalties on risks such as tobacco use and obesity.

Environmental factors are also taken into consideration, which includes the accessibility to clean water and sanitation.

Amongst the European Countries Spain has got the highest life expectancy of almost 86 years of age, and is anticipated to pass Japan by 2040 to become the nation with the highest lifespan in the world.

The last Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index was conducted in 2017.

Since that time, Japan who is the healthiest country in Asia, moves up to the 4th place due to their current highest life expectancy rate. Another Asian country Singapore takes the 10th place because of their leading healthcare system.

For those who live America, the country is currently ranked 35th because of the high amount of suicides and drug overdoses, while China is ranked 52nd. Most of all the low ranking countries are located in Sub-Saharan Africa due to the high death rate – mainly caused by communicable diseases in areas that have infectious mortality.

Haiti, Yemen and Afghanistan were all also among the worst performing.

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