BEWARE – Our diet is killing more of us than smoking
LONGEVITY SECRET # 2 – The vast majority of premature death and disability is preventable with a plant based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors
70 to 80 percent of all major chronic diseases are lifestyle diseases, so the only way to treat them effectively — to reverse them — is to change the lifestyles that led to them in the first place. Primarily that’s what we put in our mouth, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study, [which is] the largest study of disease risk factors in human history, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.1 The number one cause of death in the United States — and the number one cause of disability in the United States — is both our diet. Cigarettes now only kill about a half million Americans every year, whereas our diet kills hundreds of thousands more.
- Trans fats — anything with partially hydrogenated oils.
- Processed meat — bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, that kind of thing, which was declared in 2015 to be a Category 1 carcinogen by the IARC, the World Health Organization body that determines what is and is not cancer causing. So basically putting processed meat up there with plutonium and asbestos and cigarette smoke, things we know to cause cancer in human beings, yet people continue to give it to their kids to go to school. It’s like putting a carton of milk and a carton of cigarettes on everybody’s little lunch tray there.
- Soda, liquid candy.
- High fructose corn syrup.
- Table sugar, in excess quantities, do indeed contribute to obesity, to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, to hypertension, to high blood pressure.
- Greens are the healthiest foods and the healthiest types of greens are cruciferous vegetables. So, it’s kind of the healthiest of the healthiest — the broccoli family of vegetables, such as kale, collards, and you know cabbage fits in the family too.
- Red and purple cabbage has the same kind of eyesight and brain protecting antioxidants that berries do, but at a fraction of the cost.
- Chia Seeds
Visit the Global Burden of Disease Study homepage here: http://www.thelancet.com/gbd.