A new study finds a poor diet is responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other cause.
Researchers analyzed global diets over a 27-year period, looking at 15 risk factors and their impact on death and disability.
They found poor diets killed more people around the world than tobacco smoking or high blood pressure.
The study’s lead author says the problem isn’t just that people are choosing unhealthy options like red meat and sugary sodas.
The real problem, according to the researchers, is that people are consuming high levels of salt and not eating enough healthy foods like whole grains, fruit, nuts, and seeds.
In fact, researchers found more than half of all global diet-related deaths in 2017 were due to just three risk factors: Eating too much salt, not enough whole grains, and not enough fruit.
The study was published wednesday in the journal The Lancet.