Diet and Death Risk

Hey everyone:

Yes, you guessed it…what you eat can alter your risk for death and illness, for better or worse. Take a look at this study:

The authors state:

“Diet plays an important role in […] public health, and suboptimal diet is estimated as the first leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability-adjusted life-years lost in the [U.S.],” write Dr. Zhilei Shan — from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA — and colleagues in their new study paper.

But wait, there’s more!! It actually has to do with food quality as the authors state further:

“Findings  In this cohort study of 37,233 US adults 20 years or older, overall low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets were not associated with total mortality, but a healthy low-carbohydrate diet (lower amounts of low-quality carbohydrates and higher amounts of plant protein and unsaturated fat) and a healthy low-fat diet (lower amounts of saturated fat and higher amounts of high-quality carbohydrates and plant protein) were associated with lower total mortality.”

“These findings suggest that the associations of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets with mortality may depend on the quality and food sources of macronutrients.” 

Bottom Line: What the authors found was that if you ate better, you did better. And if you need to, read the line again where they say that a suboptimal diet is the FIRST leading cause of death!!! There are no drugs or supplements that will undo the damage of a poor diet…we must all eat right and sustainably. I hope you are paying attention…they did say plant protein!!!

More to come!!


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