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1 in every 5 deaths around the world because of poor diet

1 in every 5 deaths around the world because of poor diet

130 scientists compared dietary habits to rates of death and disease in 195 countries and found that a bad diet claims more lives to smoking because it can cause heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The rest were attributed to high consumption of red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened drinks, and other unhealthy foods including those containing trans-fatty acids. Cutting down on foods high in salt, sugar, saturated fat and calories will also lower the risk of becoming obese and help prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; all known risk factors for heart and circulatory disease.

The causes of these deaths in 2017 included 10 million deaths from cardiovascular disease, 913,000 deaths from cancer, and nearly 339,000 deaths from type 2 diabetes. The statistic is equivalent to an alarming 11 million deaths.

"Poor diet is an equal opportunity killer".

We all know that what we eat can affect our health, energy levels and mood.

"The paper also highlights the need for comprehensive interventions to promote the consumption, distribution, and production of healthy foods across all countries", added Murray.

What's driving this? As a planet we don't eat enough healthy foods including whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.

A lack of eating healthy foods like whole grains, fruit and nuts and seeds, combined with a high intake of sodium was found to be more unsafe than even trans fats, sugar-sweetened drinks and processed meats, the study published Wednesday in the Lancet said.

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Olivier Lambert , the co-author of the new study, from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The Peruvian Fossil suggests that the first whales must have crossed the South Atlantic.

It found that on average, reaching the "five-a-day" fruit and vegetable servings advocated by doctors cost just two per cent of household income in rich nations, but more than a half of household income in poorer ones.

Afshin said these findings have major health implications. Most of those, around 10 million, were from cardiovascular disease, researchers found.

"Adoption of diets emphasising soy foods, beans and other healthy plant sources of protein will have important benefits for both human and planetary health", he said.

We should be eating more whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

Campaigns to reduce the consumption of fat and sugar may be less effective than would be efforts to increase the consumption of several beneficial foods, say researchers.

"We call on governments to implement evidence-informed policies that encourage people to make healthier choices by making the healthy option easiest".

Diets lacking in healthy food are responsible for more deaths across the globe than smoking, a major new study has concluded.