A new study indicates that the leading cause of death worldwide might actually be a poor diet. In a study published by The Lancet, researchers analyzed global diets over a 27 year period with special attention to 15 risk factors and their impact on disability and death.
They found that poor diets killed more people than smoking or having high blood pressure. The specific problem isn’t unhealthy food choices like too much red meat or sugary drinks, but a lack of healthy options.
In 2017, researchers discovered that more than half of all global diet-related deaths were linked to three risk factors, eating too much salt and not enough whole grains and fruit.