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Better Diets Prevented 1.1 Million Premature Deaths In The US, Study Finds

(Tech Times) Healthier diets have prevented more than 1.1 million premature deaths in the United States, a new study revealed. Experts believe that these findings contradict the notion that Americans are consuming more unhealthy food.
Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that since 1999, better diets have actually saved people from dying prematurely, and these diets have slightly reduced cases of heart disease and diabetes as well as cancer…
Dong Wang, lead author of the study, said that the findings suggest that eating healthier reduces the risk for death in several ways. Healthier diets lowered the risk for chronic diseases, and a year or two of healthier diets have an impact on patient survival rates, he said.
However, Wang said that the data is no cause for celebration.
"The overall American diet is still poor," said Wang. "Huge room exists for further improvement."
Wang explained that the intake of healthy omega-3 fats and vegetables did not increase, but the consumption of trans fat had decreased by 72 percent and the consumption of beverages with sugar decreased by 36 percent.
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