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Too Much Bacon, Soda and Several Nuts Linked to a Big Percentage of US Deaths [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 09, 2017 02:32 AM EST

Bad food habits are being linked to US deaths caused by diseases affecting the cardiovascular system and diabetes. Overeating fatty foods like bacon with excessive consumption of soda and salty food items like nuts and chips contribute to half of the US deaths, a new study suggests.

Fox News reveals that not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients while overeating fatty, sweet and salty food items accounts to almost 50% of US deaths. Eating fewer nuts and seeds, omega-3 rich food like salmon and sardines, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can also lead to cardiovascular diseases and later, death.

The research was based on data gathered from the US government. Data reveals that 700,000 deaths in 2012 were due to heart diseases, diabetes, and stroke. An analysis using national health surveys also exposed that participants whose eating habits did not include the recommended amount of healthy foods also placed them at a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases and obesity-related ailments.

A similar study conducted at the Tuffs University in Massachusetts also explained that heavy meals rich in sodium and unprocessed meats are contributing to the rise of cardiometabolic diseases in the US. Unhealthy dietary habits influence many risk factors that compromise the cardiometabolic health of the body and also contributes to the substantial health and economic burdens of a country, Daily Mail UK reports.

In the US, besides the increase in US deaths due to unhealthy eating habits, medical expenditures are also moving parallel to the increase. The amount has already ballooned to $80 billion, $27 million of which are used in purchasing prescription drugs.

The 10 foods and nutrients associated with cardiometabolic diseases include fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, polyunsaturated fats, unprocessed red meats, processed meats, seafood omega-3 fats, sugar-sweetened beverages, and sodium. Excessive or under consumption of the items included in the list put Americans at higher risks for cardiometabolic diseases and may contribute to the increasing rate of mortality in the US.


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