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Adopting An English Diet In Other U.K. Countries Would Save Thousands of Lives

November 3, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who analyzed mortality data for various diseases and conditions associated with diet in the U.K. say that thousands of deaths could be prevented each year in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales if people in those countries adopted the average diet eaten in England. According to the study, the English diet includes more fiber, less salt and saturated fat, and more fruits and vegetables. People in Scotland and Northern Ireland consistently eat more saturated fat and salt and fewer fruits and vegetables every day. The differences between Wales and England were less consistent over the three years, the researchers said, noting that 4,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and cancer could be prevented every year by adopting the English diet.
Peter Scarborough et al., "Differences in coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer mortality rates between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: the role of diet and nutrition", BMJ Open, November 03, 2011, © http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/1/1/e000263.full
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