Mortality rate linked to bad diets
In 2015 bad diets cause 400 000 deaths in the US alone. No matter how you look at this, bad diets are definitely connected to the mortality rate. By adding a few healthy foods you can decrease the chance of being one of those counted in the 2017 mortality rate. Healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetables, whole grains will definitely be a great start.
A new study has estimated that unhealthy diets can be linked to premature deaths from heart disease and strokes. According to the study it is not only the “known” bad foods such as trans-fats and salt that is contributing to the pre mature deaths. One of the factors are foods that you are not eating. Nuts, seeds, vegetable and whole grains are a major part of any diet.
“Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing more people in 2015 than any other cause,” said lead researcher Dr. Ashkan Afshin of the University of Washington in Seattle. “Poor diet is the top risk factor for cardiovascular disease death and, therefore, deserves attention from decision-makers in the U.S. when setting health agendas,” Afshin said.
The studies suggest that almost half of heart and cardiovascular disease deaths in the United States might be prevented with improved diets, he explained. These seem to be in direct correlation to the high mortality rate.
Debates on dietary policies in the United States tend to focus on cutting out unhealthy foods and nutrients, such as trans-fats, salt and sugar-sweetened beverages. But this study shows that a large number of heart-related deaths may be due to a lack of healthy foods, Afshin reported.
“This study highlights the urgent need for implementation of policies targeting these unhealthy food groups as well healthy foods, such as nuts, whole grains and vegetables,” he said.
How can we change this?
The study data came from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1990 to 2012. The researchers also used food availability data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other sources.
Looking at mortality rates in the United States from heart and blood vessel diseases for 2015, the investigators found unhealthy diet choices and lack of eating healthier foods had a part in the deaths of more than 222,000 men and over 193,000 women.
A low intake of nuts and seeds likely accounted for nearly 12 percent of deaths. Too few vegetables possibly contributed to as many as 12 percent of the heart disease and stroke deaths. And, low intake of whole grains may have been responsible for more than 10 percent of those deaths. Too much salt likely accounted for 9 percent of deaths, Afshin said.
If someone’s diet is low in nuts, seeds, fruit, fibre, whole grains and vegetables, then they are likely replacing those foods with less healthy options, such as deli meats, cheeseburgers, fried chicken, sodas, boxes of mac-and-cheese, sugar-sweetened beverages and other highly processed, junk, fast and prepared foods.
A more plant-based, whole-food approach to eating reduces internal inflammation, which in turn helps protect and heal clogged up arteries and an overworked heart. An increase amount of vegetables has also been linked to a decrease in heartburn in many cases. It also enhances the immune system, improves gastrointestinal and brain health, and boosts energy.
It is never too late or too early to stop eating unhealthy foods, dig into a plate of vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains, and watch how your body responds by getting healthier and happier.
So what are we saying? Well the mortality rate pretty much says it all. If you add healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetables, whole grains to your diet you are able to increase your lifespan.
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