Healthy nutrition saves lives

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent public health research center at the University of Washington.

This institute now has a clear and very important infographic [1] published on healthy eating. The information they provide in the graph is based on an in-depth analysis of a very important study. Because the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 is the most comprehensive global study of dietary health effects. It is also based on more than 9,000 country years of data.

It appears that poor diet causes more deaths than any other risk factor. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation one in five lives could be saved every year by eating healthier diets.

Gesunde Ernährung rettet Leben

Healthy eating saves lives, so it is recommended:

More every day

  • fruit 200-300 g per day: corresponds roughly to two to three small apples
  • whole grain products 100-150 g per day: roughly corresponds to three to five slices of 100% wholemeal bread
  • Nuts and seeds 16-25 g per day: corresponds roughly to 13 walnut halves
  • vegetables 290-430 g per day: roughly equivalent to five to seven medium-sized carrots

Less every day

  • Salt: no more than 3 g per day

As we can see, a balanced, plant-based diet not only contributes to existing health, it can even save lives. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation writes:

“Healthier diets could save one in five lives every year.”

So if you want to read more about medicine, health and nutrition, then you are welcome to take a look at our other blog posts (>> Blog posts ). And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us .


GBD 2017 Diet Collaborators. Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet. 3 April 2019. (Accessed November 24, 2020)


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