Diet & Nutrition Basics
In 2017, there were 2,813,503 deaths, resulting in 863.8 deaths per 100,000 population. Life expectancy in the U.S. is between 77 and 80 years. The United States ranks 43 or 59 in the world, based on whichever life expectancy number accepted. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), “The U.S. ranked last in life expectancy among developed nations through 2015 and is the only one of 18 countries with an average life span less than 80 years.
The leading causes of death in the United States are: (1) heart disease, (2) cancer, (3) accidents, (4) chronic lower respiratory diseases, (5) stroke, (6) Alzheimer’s disease, (7) diabetes, (8) influenza and pneumonia, (9) nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis, and (10) suicide (Heron, 2019). Unhealthy diet has been the leading risk factor for illness, death, and disability…worldwide for more than 2 decades. All ten of these causes of death are health-related. All causes of death are at-least indirectly, but substantially impacted by diet and exercise and at-best, all causes of death are directly impacted by diet and exercise. “Most deaths in the United States are preventable, and they are related to what we eat. Our diet is the number-one cause of premature death and the number-one cause of disability.”
Research is abundantly clear the the Standard American Diet is the number one cause of death in the United States. Research further conclusive proves that people who eat a whole food, plant-based diet, live longer, healthier lives. Whole foods are any foods that have not had any healthy elements taken from them nor any unhealthy elements added to them. Plant-based means getting 90 percent or more of calories from plant sources rather than animal sources. An animal source is anything that comes from something with a face that walks, swim, crawls, or flies.
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