Bad Diets Worse Than Smoking
According to a major study published in The Lancet, bad diets are responsible for 11 million preventable deaths globally in 2017, even more than smoking. The biggest issue is not too much junk food; it is not enough nutritious food. Researchers are calling for a global shift in policies to promote eating more fruits and vegetables. They also recommend more plant-sourced protein, such as soy, over meats, as this is healthier for the heart.
The relationship between dietary habits and chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has been extensively investigated.
Long-term randomised trials with NCD endpoints have not been feasible for most dietary factors, but synthesis of other lines of epidemiological evidence, including long-term prospective observational studies and short-term trials of intermediate outcomes, have provided supporting evidence for potential causal relationships between specific dietary factors (eg, fruits, vegetables, processed meat, and trans fat intake) and NCDs (ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer).
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The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is among the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journals.