Shocking data reveal that bad diets are responsible for 45% of heart disease, diabetes related deaths
Most people know that nutrition is at least somewhat important, but the true necessity of nutrition for health is often not realized until its almost too late. The “standard American diet” is comprised of too many calories, and especially too many calories from added sugar and fat — and it’s not really a secret that much of our nation’s food is loaded with less-than-stellar ingredients that are no good for human health.
In fact, a recent analysis of USDA data conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that our consumption of fat and sugar has skyrocketed since the 1970s, while our average consumption of vegetables has dwindled. More shockingly, the number of calories the average American consumes has increased by about 23 percent since 197o. Nearly half of the calories Americans consume nowadays come from two food groups: flour and grains, and fats and oil. Comparatively, forty-some-odd years ago those two food groups accounted for just 37.3 percent of total calorie intake.
While change is slowly beginning to take place, the overall abysmal diet of the average U.S. citizen has not been without consequence. New research indicates that a staggering 45 percent of deaths caused by cardiometabolic diseases are related to poor dietary choices.