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.