Now’s the Time to Improve Your Diet

Apparently, poor diet is associated with 1 in 5 deaths worldwide. How’s your diet?

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If you’ve ever contemplated on improving your diet or have procrastinated on it, now may be the time to do so. According to a new study published in The Lancet, one in five deaths globally are linked with a poor diet, which is comparable to 11 million deaths per year, making it deadlier than even tobacco and high blood pressure.

The study followed consumption trends of 195 countries on 15 dietary elements from 1990 to 2017. Included were “diets low in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, milk, fiber, calcium, seafood omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, and diets high in red meat, processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fatty acids, and sodium.”

From the estimated 11 million deaths in 2017 attributed to an unhealthy diet, 10 million of them were from heart disease, 913,000 deaths from obesity-related cancers, and approximately 339,000 deaths from type 2 diabetes.

“Poor dietary habits, which is a combination of high intake of unhealthy foods, such as red meat, processed meat, and sugar-sweetened beverages and a low intake of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and seeds, overall causes more deaths than any other risk factors globally,” study author Dr. Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor of Health Metrics Sciences  at the University of Washington, told CBS News.

Changing would mean following habits such as limiting your red meat consumption to about a hamburger a week, no more than four eggs per week to limit dietary cholesterol and to cut down on sodium. But, it would also mean going beyond just cutting out unhealthiness, and making sure to replace them with healthy foods, which may be more crucial.

“While historically the conversation around diet and nutrition has been focused on a high intake of unhealthy foods, mainly salt, sugar and fats and reducing their consumption, our study shows that in many countries, the main problem is low intake of healthy foods,” Afshin said.

And when adding in vigorous foods, you should not limit them to solely fruits and vegetables, “but also whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes,” according to Afshin.

Grains, in particular, are something we should be focusing on because they can go a long way to extending our lifespan.

“The higher the whole grain intake, the lower the death rate, especially deaths from cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Qi Sun, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, said.

Not eating enough whole grains was the foremost dietary risk factor in several countries, including the United States. In Asian countries, high sodium was the leading risk factor, while a diet low in fruits was the biggest problem in sub-Saharan Africa and low intake of nuts and seeds was at the top in Mexico.

Also, too much red meat, processed meat, trans fat, and sugar-sweetened beverages were significant risk factors. And from the 195 countries studied, Israel had the lowest rate of diet-related deaths while Uzbekistan had the most. The U.S. ranked 43rd. You can read more about this story on CBS News.

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Apparently, poor diet is associated with 1 in 5 deaths worldwide. How’s your diet?

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