Good diet, better health. Bad diet, worse life, earlier death.
The evidence of how our food affects our health has never been stronger.
Last month, a study involving 2,500 researchers across 130 countries concluded that:
• Poor diet was associated with 18.8% of all deaths in 2016 – primarily too little wholegrains, fruit, nuts, seeds and fish oil and too much salt.
• High body mass index was the 4th largest contributor to loss of health, after high blood pressure, smoking and high blood sugar.
• 3 of the top 4 factors therefore involve our diet.
Fortunately, there was good news too.
2016 was the first year that less than 5 million children died under the age of 5. In 1990 the number was 11 million.