We know that eating healthy is important. But just how important is it?
Well, what about if it cuts your risk of dying from stroke or heart attack by half? And that’s just by making a few small diet changes.
In a study recently released in the European Journal of Epidemiology, scientists wanted to know just how many premature cardiovascular deaths could be prevented by eating a nutritious diet and thus consulted a Global Burden of Disease Study conducted between 1990 and 2016 to find out more.
From this large study, they collected information regarding the typical food consumption of 12 nutrient groups from about 51 countries, their prevalence of 11 cardiovascular diseases, and the prevalence of other cardiovascular risk factors.
They were particularly interested in the under consumption of fiber, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and omega-3 oils; and the overconsumption of nutritionally-empty items, such as refined grains, sugar, processed meat, trans fats, and salt.
They found that 2.1 million of the 4.3 million cardiovascular deaths that occurred in Europe in 2016 could have been prevented through healthier dieting.
To put this in another way, 22.4 percent of all premature deaths and 49.2 percent of premature cardiovascular deaths could’ve been prevented.
429,220 (20 percent) of the deaths resulted from a diet low in whole grains, 341,185 (16.2 percent) of the deaths resulted from a lack of nuts and seeds, 261,965 (12.5 percent)of the deaths resulted from low fruit consumption, 251,437 (12 percent) of the deaths resulted from high salt intake, 227,276 (10.8 percent)of the deaths resulted from low omega-3 consumption, 188,915 deaths resulted from too little vegetables, 148,668 resulted from too little legumes, and 120,241 deaths resulted from too little fiber. The others accounted for fewer than 100,000 cardiovascular deaths.
But if you have to drastically lower your cholesterol level, you only need to cut this ONE single ingredient that you didn’t even know you were consuming…
And to drop your high blood pressure to below 120/80 today, you need to do these three exercises for nine minutes…