San Franciscans Eat Healthier Than Almost Everyone Else in the Nation

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The only thing worse than being no. 2 is coming in second place to our frenemy, New York City. Alas, San Francisco has fallen one place short of being no. 1 when it comes to healthy eating. But no reason to wallow in a pint of Ben & Jerry's just yet; we're still way healthier than your cousins in Nebraska.

According to a new high-tech study, San Franciscans have some of the healthiest and greenest diets in the nation. Massive Health, a San Francisco-based startup, analyzed real-world, real-life eating data via its app, The Eatery, over the past five months. What it found was that San Francisco ranked as the second healthiest city in the U.S., thanks to our love for lettuce and all things green.

According to the study, San Francisco scored a 67.6 percent overall health rating, with Los Angeles trailing behind. Instead of taking late-night trips to McDonald's, we opted to eat veggies. In the last five months, we ate 4.4 times more brussels sprouts than the rest of the nation, and we snacked on 3.4 times more cashews compared to everyone else. 

Our favorite food? Caesar salad, which incidentally is insanely fattening since it's doused with cheese and oil-and-egg dressing.

Other interesting highlights:

  • Nationally, we are less healthy as the day goes on. In fact we eat 1.7 percent worse for every hour that passes.

  • On average, dinner is 15.0 percent less healthy than breakfast.

  • Those who eat breakfast are 12.3 percent healthier than those who don't.

  • People eat 12.4 percent less healthy than they think they do. About 72 percent of foods are rated healthier by the eater than by others.

  • Eating habits are contagious: Who we eat with affects what we eat by 34.5 percent.

  • Vegans and vegetarians are the healthiest eaters.

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Old Pard
Old Pard

Colorado and Hawaii are the healthiest states in the USA.

Davidseano
Davidseano

The only time I eat red meat is when I bite down on the inside of my cheek

Irmtraut Zoerb
Irmtraut Zoerb

I don't trust this study - they give the example of caesar salad being unhealthy due to having eggs and oil dressing. Having some amount of oil and protein in your diet isn't necessarily unhealthy - it is the total calories and proportion of these things in your entire diet. (I had noticed that S. California seems to have chicken caesar salad as its local dish).    I suspect that the low fat vegetarian Ornish diet works for heart attack patients because they were overweight, and because they often have high iron levels as adults (which can contribute to cholesterol and heart attack). But I ended up being too low in hemoglobin to qualify to donate blood at work, probably because I wasn't eating enough meat and am female

Douglas H Finley
Douglas H Finley

Classically, middle-aged and older men have too much iron in their blood--one cause of their higher heart attack rates--& women have too little.  On an otherwise nice healthy no-meat diet, you should have been taking iron pills--and your doctor should have been noticing your blood iron & hemoglobin levels earlier.  

Nick Roberts
Nick Roberts

Damn, banning the happy meals didn't work - we need to ban some more stuff!

80zproduct
80zproduct

It would be nice if you cited your facts/statistics.

Erin Sherbert
Erin Sherbert

 You are right. I have no sources to back up whether or not you have a fat cousin in Nebraska.

Jolly Jackson
Jolly Jackson

 They call them CORN FED back yonder Darlin. you city slickers need to get out into the real world more often.

Mail Edward Lee
Mail Edward Lee

"Caesar salad, which incidentally is insanely fattening since it's doused with cheese and oil-and-egg dressing."On what basis can you claim that this is insanely fattening?  Low fat = less fattening?  I guess I get a bit tired of hearing this nonsense repeated over and over.  Please read up on some modern (last decade) randomized clinical controlled trials about what is and what isn't fattening, instead of rehashing decades old diet advice.

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