Bad diets are killing more people than tobacco

Recently we discussed the dangers associated with eating eggs. And now here comes a new article from The Lancet pointing at something far more serious. The study evaluates the impact of the consumption of 15 different dietary factors on chronic disease, morbidity, and mortality. And it’s bad news. The study attributes 11 million annual deaths to dietary risk factors. As a comparison tobacco smoking is responsible for half a million annual deaths in the US.

Dietary risks affected people regardless of age, sex, and sociodemographic development of their place of residence. Especially non-optimal intake of three factors seemed important: sodium, whole-grain, and fruits. Given the significant impact maybe it’s time to address our eating habits more seriously?

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