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Poor diets now killing more people than cigarettes!

Poor diets now killing more people than cigarettes!

According to the recently released results from the Global Burden of Disease Study, poor diets are now causing more deaths globally than tobacco!

This study is the most comprehensive worldwide observational study of its kind, spanning nearly three decades.  The results show that annually, tobacco is associated with 8 million deaths and unhealthy, poor diets 11 million deaths.

Of those diet-related causes of death, heart attacks and strokes topped the list, followed by cancers and type 2 diabetes.  Overall, eating and drinking better could prevent 20% of deaths globally.


The main killers

Researchers assessed intakes of 15 different nutrients such as whole grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, omega 3 fatty acids, salt, red meat, processed meat, sugary drinks, dairy products and fibre.

Surprisingly, consumption of red and processed meats, trans fats and sugary drinks all fell towards the bottom of the risk chart for most countries.  The common top four dietary factors contributing to deaths were:

    Not enough      wholegrains

    Not enough      fruit

    Not enough      nuts and seeds

    Too much          salt 

So it would seem that our biggest problem is not so much the junk food we eat but the nutritious foods we don’t eat.

The Mediterranean Diet

Countries that have a mainly Mediterranean diet seem to perform the best, with the lowest number of diet-related deaths being in Israel, France, Spain, Japan and Andorra.

The Mediterranean diet emphasises a high consumption of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, legumes, wholegrains and seafood; a moderate consumption of eggs and dairy products; a small amount of meat and the use of olive oil.  Plus, eating meals with family and friends, and daily exercise are important components of the Mediterranean lifestyle.  This type of diet has been shown to encourage weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Get into Mediterranean eating & reduce your risk

Addressing those specific dietary factors, may we suggest the following delicious meals from the Gourmet Dinner Service menu…

Vegetables & Wholegrains

Catalonian Chicken With Mediterranean Couscous (complete meal for one)

Winter Beef Hot Pot With Freekah (complete meal for one)

Wild Mushroom Risotto (main, serves 1 – 2)

Chick Pea and Kumera Masala (side dish)

Cauliflower and Quinoa Rice (side dish)



Eggplant Parmigiana (main, serves 1 – 2)

Spinach with Lemon Oil (side dish)

Vegetable Ratatouille (side dish)

Broccoli with Garlic Oil (side dish)


Omega 3 Fish + Olives

Salmon With Tomato + Black Olive Crust (family meal, serves 4-6)


Fruit & Nuts

 Raspberry + Almond Tarts

 Mango Tarts