Mom Was Right About Eating Those Veggiesadmin
One of the largest surveys of data on global dietary habits and longevity has concluded that our parents were justified in forcing us to eat our greens. Published in The Lancet, the study found that eating vegetables, fruit, fish and whole grains was strongly associated with a longer life, and that, conversely, “people who skimped on such healthy foods were more likely to die before their time,” according to The New York Times. In 2017, this means 11 million deaths could have been avoided.
The solution? Increase the presence of healthy food in our diets. Where this can get a bit tricky is when you start factoring in the availability and accessibility of these foods. While some experts are calling for national policies to increase the availability of these foods, particularly in lower-income countries where fresh food can be cost-prohibitive to process, and for large food companies to develop healthier products, this is easier said than done.
While the study did have some limitations, particularly gaps in diet data from poorer nations, nutrition and health experts still strongly support this study.
“This further builds the evidence base around the fact that diet is killing us,” Corinna Hawkes, director of the Center for Food Policy at City, University of London, said.
Read the study in full here.