A Small Change To Your Diet Coudl Cut Your Risk Of heart Disease Almost In Half

March 15, 2017

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We often talk about how small changes in your life can pay big dividends.  Experts say that small changes, like avoiding processed meat, could save billions of dollars in healthcare costs and help achieve crucial environmental protection goals. Many times we're told to eat healthier but that is easier said than done.  With hectic schedules and financial strain, processed foods are the way of life for many simply because they're more accessible, longer-lasting, and often cheaper than fresh food, even though these foods have been linked to rising rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and roughly adding 30% of America’s greenhouse gas emissions every year. But a university study says it's proved that making a few small changes can pay off in health benefits and reduction of greenhouse gasses.  They found that cutting back or eliminating red and processed meat could reduce Americans’ relative risk for coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes by as much as 40%. They could save the country $77 billion (or more) in healthcare costs and reduce each person’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 500 pounds per year. The best part of this study is it didn't impact costs of food.  So start with one change and see how it goes.  Your lifestyle may not seem like it has changed but it could give you better health in the long term.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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