A new study based on U.S. government data discovered what foods are linked to deaths from diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. There are certain foods that, if overeaten or not eaten enough, can lead to the development of such diseases and even death.
The extra- or under-consumption of 10 foods account for nearly half of deaths caused by heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The good foods, which are under-consumed, include seeds and nuts, salmon and sardines which are rich in omega-3, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.
The bad foods that Americans consume in abundance include salty foods, processed meats, such as the beloved bacon, hot dogs, or bologna, read meat in hamburgers and steaks, and sugary beverages.
The data showed 700,000 death that took place in 2012 from strokes, heart problems, and diabetes. Also, the researchers looked at a national health survey that questioned the participants about their eating habits. They noticed that most of them did not consume the recommended foods.
Also, the researchers found that a combination of these 10 foods contributed to 45 percent of the reported deaths. The study might sound like the typical criticism on the American choice of diet, but it actually details which are the dangers of each food and why the Americans should consume them in smaller quantities.
For instance, the researchers found that too much salt increases blood pressure and affects the arteries and the heart. Also, nuts are good because they can lower the cholesterol level, as opposed to bacon and other processed foods that contain saturated fats which increase the “bad” cholesterol.
The study found that over-consumption of salt was the main issue, since it led to 10 percent of the reported deaths. The next place was occupied by both overeating of processed meats and a low consumption of nuts and seafood, with 8 percent of deaths.
Fortunately, the Food and Drug Association took the right measures in imposing the reduction of salt in processed foods and the adding taxes on sweetened beverages. Many health officials say that the policies that target unhealthy eating might actually help in saving some lives. However, they think that the study is not convincing enough regarding the link between under-consumption of “good” foods and death.
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