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Diets that cause most deaths around the world

Surprisingly, whole grains more important than fruit & veg


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Study looks at poor quality diets damaging hearts and causing cancer.

Global Burden of Disease Study assesses how people are dying around the world.

Diets causing the most deaths are:

1. Too much salt

2. Too few whole grains

3. Too little fruit

Also low levels of nuts, seeds, vegetables and omega-3.

Vast majority of diet-related deaths were because of cardiovascular disease.

Cancers and type 2 diabetes made up the rest of the diet-related deaths.

Five fruit and veg a day could take up 52% of household income in poorer countries.

The study was published in The Lancet.

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Christopher Murray

Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The Lancet

Medical journal covering general medicine

Topics mentioned on this page:
Diet, Heart Disease
Diets that cause most deaths around the world