Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death

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The conclusions from a new analysis of American dietary habits…

“The good news is that we now understand which foods we need to target to prevent Americans from dying prematurely from cardiometabolic diseases,” says lead study author Renata Micha, a public health nutritionist and epidemiologist at the Friedman School at Tufts University.

In 2012, about 700,000 Americans died from these diseases. Diet was linked to nearly 319,000 of these deaths. “This is a remarkable burden, nearly 1,000 deaths each day” linked to dietary habits, says senior study author Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School at Tufts.

So, changing Americans dietary habits could have a significant impact, the authors argue. “Our research suggests that nearly half of the risk can be reduced [by] eating a healthy diet,” Mozaffarian says.

Read on at The Salt.

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