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Why Men in Richest US Counties Can Expect to Live 10 Years Longer Than Poorest, Study Finds

A new study has found that residents in the poorest counties of the U.S. live up to a decade less than those in wealthier counties, ABC News reports. The researchers also found that children growing up in poorer counties often end up with what they coined “chronic toxic stress,” which can lead to diabetes and heart diseases — thus cutting short their adult lives.

This is a complex social problem that needs addressing on many levels, but what’s important is that the most powerful predictor of what your health will be is what you eat. You could say that poverty disables your ability to eat well; but it is entirely possible to feed a family with healthy foods on a tight budget or food stamps if you know how to shop — and if you ditch processed and fast foods and vow to cook at home.

About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes to processed foods such as breakfast cereals, pizza, soda, chips and other salty/sweet/savory snacks, packaged baked goods, microwaveable frozen meals, instant soups and sauces, and these foods are filled with table salt, vegetable oils and sugar. I advise spending 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods such as healthy fats, fresh organic vegetables with plenty of colorful greens, nuts and free-ranging, organic meats, dairy and eggs.

Fermented foods, bone broths and fresh, organic fruits can round out your meals and give you a good base for a healthy life.