Overeating or not eating enough of these 10 foods and nutrients likely contributes to almost half of U.S. deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes.
Three culprits in particular: Bacon, Soda and Nuts.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association singles out these foods and nutrients because of the research linking them with causes of death.
Lead author Renata Micha, found that too much salt was the biggest problem, which accounts for about 10 percent of deaths, followed by undereating nuts, seeds, and seafood counting for 8 percent of deaths.
Here are the study's recommendations for avoiding an early death by salt:
Fruits: 3 average-sized fruits daily
Vegetables: 2 cups cooked or 4 cups raw vegetables daily
Nuts/seeds: 5 1-ounce servings per week about 20 nuts per serving
Whole grains: 2 1/2 daily servings
Polyunsaturated fats, found in many vegetable oils: 11 per cent of daily calories
Seafood: about 8 ounces weekly
Red meat: 1 serving weekly - 1 medium steak or the equivalent
Processed meat: None recommended
Sugary drinks: None recommended
Salt: 2,000 milligrams daily - just under a teaspoon.
[Source: Metro news]