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Diets worldwide have not gotten much healthier in the last 30 years - global study

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Poor diet is a leading cause of illness, responsible for nearly 30% of preventable deaths worldwide.
Poor diet is a leading cause of illness, responsible for nearly 30% of preventable deaths worldwide.
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A new global study has revealed that the food on our plates has only become slightly healthier between 1990 and 2018.

The sombre findings were based on a detailed analysis involving the dietary patterns of adults and children in 185 countries.

The researchers used the Alternative Healthy Eating Index, which rates diets from 0, the least healthy, to 100, the most healthy. The scores looked at the amount of healthier foods such as fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, seafood and non-starchy vegetables compared to less-healthy foods such as red or processed meat and heavy consumption of sugar.

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