Nearly half of cardiovascular disease deaths in the United States can be prevented by improving diet according to new research presented at an American Heart Association knowledge sharing event. Researchers claim that 400,000 deaths are due to lack of healthy foods in our diets and/or over-representing unhealthy foods in our personal eating habits.
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.”
– Dr. Ann Wigmore, N.D.
Researchers showed, “Low intake of healthy foods such as nuts, vegetables, whole grains and fruits combined with higher intake of unhealthy dietary components, such as salt and trans-fat, is a major contributor to deaths from cardiovascular disease in the UnitedStates,” said Ashkan Afshin, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., Sc.D., lead study author and acting assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle.
The American Heart Association emphasizes the importance of eating a healthy dietary pattern that is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry and limited in fatty or processed red meat. The association also suggests limiting sugary soft drinks, salt (sodium), saturated and trans fats.
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