This, in turn, reduces the risk of heart-related diseases. The researchers investigated the relationship of 10 different foods and nutrients with deaths related to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. More than 70% of the sodium Americans consume comes from packaged, processed, store-bought and restaurant foods. Of the 702,308 adult deaths due to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, 318,656 (45%) were associated with inadequate consumption of certain foods and nutrients that, in general, are considered vital to a healthy life, and to the excessive consumption of other foods that are not.
Usually, the word “natural” on a food label means that the product has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.