These Diets Cut One-In-Five Lives Short Each Year

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The food we eat is putting 11 million of us into an early grave every year and we are all at risk if we don't improve our diets. 

High levels of salt - usually found in processed meals, bread and soy sauce - has been reported as the biggest factor in shortening lives. 

The study in The Lancet is not focused on obesity, instead analysing "poor quality" diets which damage hearts and cause cancer. 

The Global Burden of Disease Study is the most esteemed and authoritative study on how and why people are dying in every country in the world. 

The latest assessment uses estimates of each countries' diets to pin down how often diet resulted in the shortening of lives. 

The most dangerous diets were those containing:

1. Too much salt - accounting for 3 million deaths

2. Too few whole grains - accounting for 3 million deaths

3. Not enough fruit - accounting for 2 million deaths

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In addition to this, they found that diets lacking nuts, seeds, vegetables, omega-3 and fibre were other major killers.

10 million of the 11 million diet-related deaths were due to cardiovascular disease, explaining why salt was such an issue.

As too much salt raises a person's blood pressure, it results in an increase risk of heart attacks and strokes.

What does this mean for Australia?

Well, "diet risks" ranks third highest in the risks which drive most death and disability, according to the Institute for Helath Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

If we wish to have a longer life, we need to lead a healthier one. But how can we achieve this?

By keeping processed foods to a minimum, ensuring you eat a good variety of veggies, and having nuts and seeds on hand for daily snacks, your health and energy levels will greatly benefit. Also ensure you have both an omega-3 and fibre rich diet, to assist with your digestion processes.