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19 September 2019 - 20 Elul 5779 - כ' אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Israeli diet is world’s “least unhealthy” E-mail

Research published in April carried out by Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the US, has found that Israel has the world’s healthiest diet, or to be more precise, the world’s least unhealthy diet.

The results of the study, entitled the “Global Burden of Disease”, were published in the UK medical journal The Lancet. The research tracked trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries.

Dr Murray wrote: “This study affirms what many have thought for several years: that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world. While sodium, sugar and fat have been the focus of policy debates over the past two decades, our assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables. The paper also highlights the need for comprehensive interventions to promote the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy foods across all nations.”

The study reported: “The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), France, Spain, Japan and Andorra.”

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