A landmark study by British medical journal The Lancet has found that Israel has one of the lowest number of diet-related deaths of any country in the world.
The balanced Mediterranean diet many Israelis enjoy mean they are up to ten times less likely to die from causes related to what they consume than the citizens of Uzbekistan, which recorded 892 diet-related deaths for every 100,000.
The study, published this week, looked at the health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries between 1990 and 2017, and showed how different national diets cause different problems.
In some countries the high intake of salt is the biggest problem, while in others, reducing the sugar-content is the number one priority. In the UK, the biggest issue is a lack of whole grain, fruit, nut and vegetables in families’ diets.
Researchers showed that China had the highest risk of diet-related death due to cancer, Pakistan had the highest risk of diet-related death due to cardiovascular disease, and Mexico had the highest risk of diet-related type 2 diabetes deaths.