Healio June 11, 2018
Carolyn Scrafford, PhD, MPH

A 20% increase in adherence to the Healthy Eating Index could result in savings of as much as $38 billion in health-related costs, according to findings presented at Nutrition 2018, the first-ever flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.

Carolyn Scrafford, PhD, MPH, senior managing scientist at Exponent, and colleagues looked at estimates from the Healthy Eating Index 2015, an eating pattern that, according to a press release, currently has about a 60% adherence among average U.S. adults. Researchers also looked at Mediterranean diet adherence, on which the average U.S. adult currently scores about 3.5 out of 9 possible points, according to the release.

Scrafford and colleagues analyzed risk estimates to quantify the link between dietary patterns and health outcomes...

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