NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Improving dietary habits in humans can prevent 20 percent of deaths, the main key to which is to add more health components to the daily diet , according to a new study .
The researchers analyzed data for 20 years in 195 countries around the world, as well as epidemiological studies on the health risks and benefits associated with diet. They concluded that poor eating habits killed 11 million people around the world in 2017 alone, With cardiovascular disease or cancer.
According to researchers, these figures make bad eating habits more dangerous than other deadly habits, such as smoking.
The results indicated that increased levels of sodium (associated with high ) were the leading cause of nutrition-related deaths around the world. However, researchers believe that the main problem is the lack of healthy elements in the daily diet (such as whole grains, nuts, vegetables, fruits, monounsaturated fats, legumes), not too many unhealthy elements.
It is worth mentioning that the study (recently published in The Lancet) has not shown a causal relationship between malnutrition and increased mortality risk, but rather a link that needs to be explained further.