This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 13, 2014.
For San Franciscans who’ve been trying to eat healthfully, your efforts are being recognized. The city earned the top spot in a ranking of the healthiest eating locales in America.
The title was awarded by Yummly, the Redwood City company that allows online users to search and share recipes. Yummly data scientists analyzed the 2013 culinary search habits of more than 100 million people. They computed “healthy eating scores” for the 25 most populous U.S. cities based on the nutrition in recipes residents searched.
California cities took the three top spots, with San Diego and Los Angeles coming in behind San Francisco. New York and Portland, Ore., rounded out the top five. St. Louis residents are the unhealthiest eaters in Yummly’s ranks, edging out Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Another noteworthy finding: San Franciscans aren’t big on meat of any kind. Our residents searched for recipes with meat substitutes, like tofu, more than any other city, and we were among the top searchers for fish. But San Francisco was second to last in searches for poultry or pork recipes and dead last for beef.
In Yummly’s estimation, no one loves fruit or vegetables more than San Franciscans. The city is also the No. 1 searcher of vegetarian recipes, No. 2 for vegan, and – by far – the most excited about kale. However, four other cities are more taken with quinoa.
And for dessert? That’s harder to say. San Francisco is in the bottom six for cake recipe searches, the bottom three for pie, and absolutely last for the word sugar.