WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nutrition experts have warned against some types of diets that are more dangerous to humans than smoke or high blood pressure, and say that these diets kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.
A diet based on red meat, fat and sugar, excluding vegetables and fruits, kills half a million Americans and 90,000 Britons a year, according to a US study.
These diets, called "diets", outweigh smoking and high blood pressure as the leading cause of premature death, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Experts warn of the so-called "western diet," a diet rich in red meat, fat and sugar, with some fruits and vegetables, and said it was behind the death of one in five people by 2017.
The latest data showed that about 11 million people worldwide died of "fatal diseases" in 2017.
China and India recorded the highest number of diet-related deaths each year, with more than 3 million and 1 million deaths, respectively, followed by Russia with a population of 550,000.
The United States ranked fourth in the number of deaths in diets, and the United Kingdom ranked 18th in the world.
"The study confirms what many people believe for many years that malnutrition is responsible for the highest number of deaths compared to other risks," said study co-author Dr. Christopher Murray.
"Our assessment suggests that the major dietary risk factors are the intake of large amounts of unhealthy foods," said Murray, director of the Institute of Health Metrology at the University of Washington.
Murray advised not to remove whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables from daily meals, and stay away from sugar, fat and salt-rich foods as much as possible.
The "deadly diet" is behind cardiovascular disease, especially such as strokes and heart attacks, followed by cancer and type 2 diabetes.