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Study: Israel suffers least diet-related deaths in the world

The Jewish state was joined in the healthiest-diet group by France, Italy and other countries in the northern Mediterranean region.

An Israeli breakfast at a cafe in the center of Jerusalem, Israel on July 26, 2015. Photo by Garrett Mills/Flash 90
An Israeli breakfast at a cafe in the center of Jerusalem, Israel on July 26, 2015. Photo by Garrett Mills/Flash 90

According to a new study by The Lancet medical journal, analyzing dietary health around the world, Israel has the lowest rate of diet-related deaths of any country in the world.

Data collected as part of the Global Burden of Disease study published on Wednesday showed that just 89 out of every 100,000 Israelis die each year as a result of poor-quality diet.

Israel was joined in the healthiest-diet group by France, Italy and other countries in the northern Mediterranean region.

Uzbekistan had the highest rate of diet-related deaths, at 892 per 100,000.

The data pertained to nutritional imbalance and malnutrition, not obesity-related deaths.

The study emphasized the addition of nuts, seafood, seeds, fiber, fruits and vegetables to the diet, and said diet-related illnesses often resulted from the over-consumption of red meat, sugar and salt.

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