By: Mission Healthy Living
May 17, 2019
There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that American diets are not optimal. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), we don’t eat enough vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products or oils. Instead, we get too much refined grains, sodium and saturated fat.
But it turns out that the problem isn’t limited to the United States. A recently published study found that “suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking.” For reference, cigarette smoking is estimated to lead to almost half a million deaths per year in the United States alone (CDC).
In addition to that staggering finding, the study also said “non-optimal intake of three dietary factors (whole grains, fruits and sodium) accounted for more than 50% of deaths.”
This is a good opportunity to examine your own nutrition. Remember to consume a mix of fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein and grains every day. That means leaving out or cutting back on added sugars, salt, processed foods, saturated/trans fats, alcohol and caffeine.
For more information on making better food choices, you can visit Nutrition.gov or check out healthy eating resources on the HHS website.