The countries in Europe where most people die because they eat too much salt and too few vegetables are named and ashamed.
Unhealthy eating is the deadliest in Uzbekistan, while Spain and Israel are at the bottom of the list.
Britain is in 42nd place, with 62 diet-related deaths from heart disease per 100,000 people, according to the analysis of 51 countries.
Researchers analyzed how many deaths from heart disease can be attributed to a diet rich in salt but few vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
They estimate that nearly half of the 4.3 million deaths from the disease registered in 2016 on the continent may be due to poor eating habits.
The researchers produced a ranking with countries in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia – as well as Germany – suffer the most premature deaths from their diet, while the hearts of people in countries in central and northern Europe are less severely affected
Figures from the Global Burden of Disease Study showed that 2.1 million people died in the region because of heart disease caused by what they ate.
And in the worst affected countries, nine times more people die because of their food than in the countries that are least affected.
Western European countries manage to stay out of the table, which mainly consists of Asian and Eastern European countries.
Germany is the worst performing in Western Europe and the only one in the region where more than 100,000 people die in 2016 because of their diet.
& Otherwise we should make better use of the potential of a balanced and healthy diet [heart] diseases in the future will be the cause of even more preventable deaths & # 39 ;, said study author Professor Stefan Lorkowski.
Professor Lorkowski, from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, said that the figures are critically relevant & # 39; to be.
The findings, using data from 1990 to 2016, show that people have different nutritional problems in different countries.
In Sweden and Norway, for example, scientists say it is not customary not to eat enough nuts and seeds.
While in many of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Central Asian countries involved in the region, a lack of whole grains is the most worrying.
& To put it another way: an increase in the consumption of low-fiber white flour products has led to an increase of [heart] disease in recent years, "added Professor Lorkowski.
The study also examined how people's eating patterns influence other risk factors for heart disease, including obesity, high blood pressure and lack of exercise, but did not take alcohol into account.
WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DEADLY?
- Uzbekistan (394 diet-related deaths per 100,000 people)
- Turkmenistan (376)
- Kyrgyzstan (350)
- Ukraine (349)
- Moldova (328)
- Azerbaijan (319)
- Belarus (313)
- Tajikistan (310)
- Kazakhstan (306)
- Russia (291)
WHERE ARE THE DEPTHS OF PEOPLE AT LEAST DEADLY?
- Spain (43 diet-related deaths per 100,000 people)
- Israel (43)
- France (46)
- The Netherlands (52)
- Andorra (54)
- Denmark (55)
- Belgium (59)
- Switzerland (60)
- Norway (61)
- Italy (61)
The other countries in the top 10 are Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
While the eight are the rest of the bottom 10, Israel, France, the Netherlands, Andorra, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.
Researchers have also revealed that the diet of men is more harmful to their health than that of women.
The diet of women only began to seriously damage their health after their fiftieth year of life, while men were affected when they were younger.
The study used the definition of the World Health Organization of the European Region, which includes Russia and several countries in Central Asia.
The findings come after a comprehensive study this morning, in which millions of people are warned of an early death because they do not eat enough fiber.
A review commissioned by the WHO showed that people who get a lot of fiber in their diet reduce their risk of early mortality by a maximum of one third.
They also reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke, type two diabetes or colon cancer by up to a quarter.
Yet the vast majority of adults in Britain – about 91 percent – eat less than the recommended daily allowance. Comparable figures exist in the US.
The findings are a stroke for trendy low-carbohydrate diets, which have increased enormously in popularity in recent years and have also reduced the intake of fiber.
|LAND||Annual number of deaths caused|
by diet-related heart disease
|Diet-related heart disease|
deaths per 100,000 people
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||9081||153|