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A poor diet, particularly the low intake of whole grains and fruits, accounts for hundreds of deaths in annually, say researchers.

The study, reported in journal, analysed data from 195 countries and found that one in five deaths globally — equivalent to 11 million deaths — are associated with lack of optimal amount of and nutrients.

Low intake of whole grains — below 125 grams per day — was the leading dietary risk factor for death and in India, the US, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Russia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, and

In Bangladesh, low intake of fruits — below 250 grams per day — was the leading dietary risk.

In 2017, the countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths were Israel, France, Spain, and ranked 118th with 310 deaths per 100,000 people.

The findings highlight the urgent need for coordinated global efforts to improve diet through collaboration with various sections of the system and policies that drive balanced

“This study affirms what many have thought for several years — that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world,” said Christopher Murray, at the in the US.

“Poor diet is an equal opportunity killer. We are what we eat and risks affect people across a range of demographics, including age, gender, and economic status,” said Ashkan Afshin,

While a poor diet caused an estimated 11 million deaths, high in sodium, low in whole grains, and low in fruit together accounted for over five million of all diet-related deaths globally in 2017.

The causes of these deaths included 10 million deaths from cardiovascular disease, 913,000 cancer-related deaths, and almost 339,000 deaths from Type-2

Deaths related to diet have increased from eight million in 1990, largely due to increases in the population and population ageing, the report said.

–IANS

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