Aldi could be our unhealthiest supermarket

Noblesville - Circa March 2018: Aldi Discount Supermarket. Aldi sells a range of grocery items, including produce, meat & dairy, at discount prices I
Apparently Aldi has a major flaw. Photo: Getty

It may come as a shock to some but everyone’s favourite supermarket Aldi might actually have one major flaw.

Yes, the special buys are amazing, with hundreds of people swarming their local supermarket to nab the latest bargain (winter is coming, and so is Aldi’s snow season sale).

Not to mention the sweets and chocolate aisle.

But alas, as we may have already suspected, it turns out that Aldi may actually be one of the most unhealthy supermarkets to shop at.

A new report called FoodSwitch: The State of the Food Supply analysed and ranked thousands of products from 33 major food and beverage brands by their impact on obesity.

And sadly, researchers at the George Institute for Global Health and the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University found that Aldi had the came off worse than other supermarkets like Woolworths.

Aldi had the highest proportion of discretionary foods on the shelves - a term for foods and drinks not necessary to provide nutrients the human body's needs, but that may add variety to a person's diet - and it’s own in-store branded products were the most “ultra-processed”.

"We're talking about differences in salt, saturated fat and sugar content," Deakin University’s Associate Professor Gary Sacks said.

In this June 5, 2017, photo, customers shop at Aldi's Food Market, in Salem, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Aldi has gained a loyal following of customers since coming to Australia. Photo: AP

Woolworths’ Select brand range of products came out as having the highest average health star rating of 3.2 stars, followed by Coles, Aldi and IGA, which got 2.6 stars.

"On average, if you were to buy home brands products from Woolworths, those products are likely to be quite a bit healthier than those from IGA,” he added.

Some of the products that came out the healthiest were A2 Dairy, Sanitarium and Nudie Foods, with an average rating of more than four stars.

The worst on the other hand included Red Bull, Frucor, Mondelez (which owns Oreo) and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, sitting at around 1.3 stars.

Obesity remains a huge issue in Australia with about 63 per cent of adults and 27 per cent of kids aged five to 17 considered overweight or obese, SMH reports.

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