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What Can We Learn From Healthy Diets Around The World

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When it comes to healthy diets around the globe, it’s fair to say that the Irish diet doesn’t probably rank exceptionally high. In fact, one shocking study recently showed that Ireland comes fourth in the world for sugar consumption.

So, it seems we have a lot to learn. Experts tell us that the world’s five leading global risks for death are high blood pressure, tobacco use, high blood glucose, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity.

These are responsible for raising the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancers. They affect countries across all income groups – high, middle and low, but rates vary significantly from country to country. For instance, if you live in Japan, you are much less likely to die from heart disease than in Ireland.

Globally, a shocking 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic* heart disease burden and 7–41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity. So, if we are to improve global health and if we are to increase lifespan, we must look at the weights and the corresponding diets of our nations.

Here is a guide that gives us more information about other countries’ diets and what has been proven to be the healthiest type of diet to date.