Quick, of the top of your head – what would you guess is the most popular food in the whole world? Is it rice? Fish? Pasta? Chocolate?

Nope. And it’s not meat, grains or dairy, either. It was very surprising to me, but maybe you’ve already figured it out…

But before we get to top pick, this list comes from an infographic I discovered on a website called Massive Health, which based its rankings on data from 7.68M food ratings from over 50 countries. The graphic also details favorite foods in certain cities, such as Brussels sprouts in San Francisco, pretzels in Philadelphia and rye in Copenhagen. And it notes that New York is the healthiest city – or the least obese – in the United States. (I beg to differ, since every time I go to NYC I end up eating massive amounts of pizza, pasta and my favorite discovery ever, tortellini-topped pizza. But I’ll save that story for another blog.)

But back to the original question – what are the most popular foods in the world?

Mixed Green Salad with Fennel, Fresh Herbs, and Shaved Parmesan

1. Salad

Yep, good ol’ salad. I don’t know how I overlooked it, especially since it’s something I’ve been striving to eat more of (and actually brought for lunch today in a jar), but there you have it. I don’t know if this includes all sorts of salad variations – fruit salad, tuna salad, pasta salad – or just classic lettuce and veggies and dressing, but it tops the list as the most popular food in the entire world. Way to go, team green!

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Here’s the other 11 most popular foods in the world, along with some related recipes using these ingredients, just in case this makes you hungry.

Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe
2. Chicken
Related recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Macaroni & Cheese With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
3. Cheese
Related recipe: Macaroni and Cheese With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Classic rice pilaf recipe
4. Rice
Related recipe: Classic Rice Pilaf

Hot Spiced Tea recipe
5. Tea
Related recipe: Hot Spiced Tea

Espresso Popcorn recipe
6. Coffee
Related recipe: Espresso Popcorn

Panna Cotta with fresh berries recipe
7. Milk
Related recipe: Panna Cotta

Asparagus, Spinach & White Cheddar Frittata recipe
8. Eggs
Related recipe: Frittata With Spring Vegetables

Apple and Walnut Salad With Blue Cheese Recipe
9. Apples
Related recipe: Apple and Walnut Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
10. Soup
Related recipe: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Fruit Smoothie Recipe
11. Yogurt
Related recipe: Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Mary's Dark Bread recipe
12. Bread
Related recipe: Sweet Bread With Brown Sugar

Source: Massive Health


  1. Seems a bit like advertising to me. I have never heard of half of these dishes let alone contemplate buying one. The author seems to have mistaken the most popular meals in the world with the most popular foods in America, but then – again, the Americans that I have meet never spoke to me about the dishes on this webpage

  2. Excluding certain religious doctrine and hardly a handful of countries, I might be willing to bet just about anything that any legitimate batch of surveys would identify BACON (pork or substitute) as the most popular (or, at least, “favorite”) food on the planet. I fear that either their sources or, perhaps, the researchers themselves might be biased ;-).


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