Wednesday, November 18, 2015
BETTER U.S. EATING HABITS SAVE LIVES…
A new study suggests that improvements in U.S. eating habits have prevented more than a million premature deaths in a 14-year period. But the study also says the overall American diet still needs improvement. The biggest improvement was seen in reducing trans fat intake, which contributed about half of the improvement in overall dietary quality. A nearly 36% reduction in sugary beverages and juice also helped. Additionally, Americans are eating more fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes, and polyunsaturated fatty acids and eating a bit less red and processed meat. These dietary changes cumulatively prevented 1.1 million premature deaths and resulted in 12.6% fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, 8.6% fewer cases of heart disease, and 1.3% fewer cancer cases over the 14 years.
Source: CBS News, 11/3/15, US Eating Habits