In a recent published study of a 27-year global diet analysis, Ashkan Afshin and his colleagues looked at 15 dietary risk factors and their impact on death and disability.

“High levels of unhealthy red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fatty acids and salt — all known to be health risks — were compared with the effects of a diet low in many healthy foods. Those healthy items included fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, calcium, nuts and seeds, fiber, legumes or beans, omega-3 fatty acids from seafood, and polyunsaturated fats, the good-for-you fats found in salmon, vegetable oils and some nuts and seeds.” 

 “In fact, more than half of all global diet-related deaths in 2017 were due to just three risk factors: eating too much salt, not enough whole grains and not enough fruit. Those risks held true regardless of socioeconomic level of most nations, Afshin said.”

 

Afshin is an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Click here to read more on the study.