ISRAEL - Lowest Diet-Related Deaths

Arno Froese

Israel has the lowest rate of diet-related deaths worldwide, according to a major study published by researchers at the University of Washington.

The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by France, Spain, Japan and Andorra.

The United Kingdom ranked 23rd worldwide (127 deaths per 100,000 people), the United States was ranked 43rd (171 deaths per 100,000 people) and China was ranked 140th (350 deaths per 100,000 people).

“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,” said study author Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

The study, part of the wider Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, evaluated the consumption of major foods and nutrients such across 195 countries, and tracked trends concerning 15 dietary elements between 1990 and 2017. These included fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, milk, red meat, processed meat, sodium, sugar-sweetened beverages and trans fatty acids.

An estimated 11 million deaths were attributable to poor diet worldwide in 2017. More than half of the deaths were attributed to diets high in sodium and low in whole grains and fruit.

While most dietary guidelines recommend the daily consumption of two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables per individual, a 2016 study published in The Lancet revealed that purchasing the recommended amount would account for 52% of household income in low-income countries compared to 2% in high-income countries., 6 April 2019

Arno's commentary

This is another first for Israel; in this case, long life due to healthy food consumption. 

Those of us who have had the privilege to visit Israel can testify to the amazing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables elaborately displayed, particularly at breakfast time. The land that was considered to be agriculturally unproductive, is now producing an abundance, and the quality is top-notch. 

This reminds us of Ezekiel’s prophecy, where he is ordered to address the topographical land of Israel. We read in chapter 36, verse 8: “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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