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The impact of improving your diet may be large. That’s according to a recent study that estimated the impact of dietary modifications on premature cardiovascular deaths. The pervasiveness of unhealthy diets and the epidemic of obesity have led to the suggestion that we should approach this as a public health problem that might be improved by taxing unhealthy foods and subsidizing healthier options. Where unhealthy foods were taxed or where healthy foods became less expensive through subsidies, diets tended to improve. Making long-lasting change is hard. Willpower and commitment is often not enough.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a recent study more than 400,000 deaths each year could be prevented with dietary improvement.
  • What you do eat matters, too. It’s also important to eat more healthy foods.
  • Depending on your overall health and current diet, it might be a good idea to meet with a nutritionist. The goal is to come up with a healthy diet you can stick with.

“The pervasiveness of unhealthy diets and the epidemic of obesity in this country have led to the suggestion that we should approach this as a public health problem that might be improved by taxing unhealthy foods and subsidizing healthier options.”

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eat-better-live-longer-2017033111493