Bacon and soft drinks linked to deaths in the US

09 March 2017

Bacon and soda consumption has been linked to a high number of deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States.

Drawing on a variety of sources, including National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys collected from 1999 to 2002 and 2009 to 2012, researchers have reported that around 45 per cent of deaths from cardiometabolic diseases in 2012 could be blamed on poor diet choices.

The highest percentage of deaths was linked to excess consumption of sodium. In particular, the eating of processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and unprocessed red meats were of big concern, such as bacon, bologna, hot dogs, steaks, and hamburgers.

"Americans did not consume enough of some foods that have healthful effects such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, polyunsaturated fats and seafood omega-3 fats," the report authors said in a statement.

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Accordingly, the researchers are making a renewed push for people to adjust their diets to include more "good" ingredients, including the consumption of three average-sized fruits daily, two cups cooked or four cups raw of vegetables daily, some servings of nuts and about eight ounces of seafood weekly.

The study also shows that the proportion of deaths associated with diet varied across population groups. For instance, death rates were higher among men when compared to women, and among those with lower education levels, compared with their higher-educated counterparts.

The authors concluded that "these results should help identify priorities, guide public health planning, and inform strategies to alter dietary habits and improve health."

The full study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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