According to researchers from University of Washington, more than 415,000 cardiovascular disease deaths in the US can be attributed to an unhealthy diet (too few healthy foods and too many unhealthy foods). Of these deaths, more than 222,000 occurred in men and more than 193,000 occurred in women.

The team found that low intake of nuts and seeds and a low intake of vegetables were the two leading dietary risk factors for CVD death, accounting for 11.6% and 11.5% of deaths, respectively.

A low intake of whole grains accounted for 10.4% of CVD deaths, while excess salt intake was responsible for around 9% of CVD deaths.

Researchers say that their findings show that adopting a healthful diet could help to save tens of thousands of lives every year.