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Eating more – or less – of 10 foods may cut risk of early death, report claims

About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are linked to poor diets, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, writes Allison Aubrey. And eating more — or less — of just 10 types of food can help raise or lower the risk of death from these causes.

Scientists at Tufts University identified the foods that seem to contribute the most to the risk. At the top of the list? Salt. Consuming too much salt was associated with 9.5 percent of the deaths.

Next: high intake of red meat and processed meats such as bacon was linked to eight percent of the deaths. And sugary drinks were a factor in 7.4 percent of the deaths.

The study also found that low consumption of nuts and seeds was linked to about nine percent of deaths. In addition, diets low in seafood, whole grains and fruits and vegetables were found to contribute to about 6-8 percent of the deaths. You can read the full article at www.npr.org.

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