Israel cited for lowest global diet-related death rate

Grant Boone
April 7, 2019

Overwhelmingly, the study concluded that it was a lack of fruits and whole grains - in other words, lack of a healthy and balanced diet - that can cause more health issues.

The research found that as much as 11 million deaths in 2017 could be attributed to poor diet.

Where almost 11 million die because of a poor diet, high sodium intake in food and with low quantities of whole grains and fruits have together accounted for over five million deaths in 2017. These included fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, milk, red meat, processed meat, sodium, sugar-sweetened beverages and trans fatty acids. The examine discovered that poor diets had been behind 22-p.c of all grownup deaths in 2017 (10.9 million) - heart problems was the first trigger, with most cancers and diabetes being subsequent in line.

Data collected as part of the Global Burden of Disease study published on Wednesday showed that just 89 out of every 100,000 Israelis die each year as a result of poor-quality diet. They disclosed that deaths related to diet swelled from eight million in 1990, largely due to increase in population and population ageing. Instead, it's adding more healthy foods, reports Time magazine.

And if you're wondering where Americans stand, of the 195 countries studied, the United States ranked 43rd in terms of the number of diet-related deaths.

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According to the study, "in 2017, there was a 10-fold difference between the country with the highest rate of diet-related deaths (Uzbekistan) and the country with the lowest (Israel)". Globally, people were eating only 12% as many nuts they should be, and only 23% as many whole grains.

Researchers wanted to see if there was a connection between diet and chronic disease. So, she said that "diet is a risk factor for everybody".

"These numbers are really striking", said Dr. Francesco Branca, the top nutritionist at the World Health Organization, who was not involved in the study. For example, he noted that global average intake of red meat was 27 grams a day, slightly higher than the recommended daily limit of 23 grams. "Our research finds the need for a comprehensive food system intervention to promote the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy foods across nations". The assessment depicted the factors for diet-related deaths are high sodium, low whole grains, fewer fruits, fewer nuts and seeds and fewer vegetable intake.

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

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