The new research investigated the eating habits of Americans. The results are not bringing tidings of joy. It seems that the American population is in dire need for a change of nutritional practices. Moreover, the research studied the main causes of death that appear as a problem for the nation. Ultimately, the paper wanted to find out if there is any link between heart-related diseases and poor diet.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has just published a report coming from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The findings reveal that almost half of deaths occur as the result of strokes, type II diabetes, and heart diseases that affect the American population. In their turn, half of such cases could be linked to a poor diet.
The study analyzed death causes that happened in the year of 2012. During this period, there were 702,308 deaths among adults that occurred because of cardiometabolic diseases. Out of these, around 45% were linked to poor dietary choices. Scientists relied on data that the National Center for Health Statistics collected which is a subsidiary of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The main eating mistakes were the underconsumption of vital and healthy foods and the overconsumption of foods that do not bring any improvements.
Scientists created a list of such bad dietary decisions. The main cause of cardiometabolic diseases that were caused by ailments was the consumption of sodium in excess. Such an element is extremely popular in the American culinary culture. People use it in processed foods such as jerky. While the U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends the consumption of sodium of 2.3 grams a day, Americans are exceeding this limit by 1.1 grams.
Other agents of poor diet were unprocessed red meat, processed meat, and soft drinks in excess. On the other hand, Americans are skipping on healthy ailments altogether. The findings suggest that they do not eat enough seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fats from seafood, whole grains, and polyunsaturated fats.
The study revealed that the intensity of this issue varies from group to group. Men are more prone to cardiometabolic diseases than women. African Americans and Hispanics have higher chances to contract such a disease than white citizens. The same goes for those with lower levels of education than for those with higher levels of education. Thus, the report draws attention on the necessity of a well thought public health planning, as these eating habits are representative of most of the American citizens.
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