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10 Key Dietary Factors and Disease

by Berkeley Wellness  

Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, strokes, and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. are associated with 10 dietary factors, ac­­cording to estimates in a recent NIH-funded study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The factors are:

  • low intake of fruits
  • low intake of vegetables
  • low intake of nuts/seeds
  • low intake of seafood (omega-3 fats)
  • low intake of polyunsaturated fats
  • low intake of whole grains
  • excessive intake of sodium
  • excessive intake of processed meats (like bacon)
  • excessive intake of unprocessed red meats
  • excessive intake of sugary beverages

More deaths among men (49 percent) than women (42 percent) were linked to these factors, primarily because of men’s “generally un­­healthier dietary habits,” the researchers suggested.

Also see 14 Keys to a Healthy Diet.