WHO: 92% of Global Population Breathe Polluted Air

The negative impact of polluted air is subjected to 92% of the inhabitants of the Earth, said WHO, presenting new interactive maps, whith marked areas inside of countries that have low air quality.

Previously, the WHO has not published enough details on air pollution separated for countries. The model was built on the basis of information received from the satellites and more than 3,000 land-based monitoring stations located in both rural and urban areas. Country indicators of air pollution were analyzed, taking into account population size and levels of air pollution, and using the grid in increments of about 10 km by 10 km.

Air pollution is responsible for about 3 million deaths each year, according to the WHO material. Moreover, indoor air pollution is also dangerous. In 2012, air pollution inside and outside the premises caused, estimated at about 6.5 million.deaths (11.6% of the total). About 90% of deaths related to air pollution are recorded in the low- and middle-income countries, with almost two out of three – in the South-East Asia and the Western Pacific.

Earlier the WHO estimated that due to air and soil pollution, chemicals, climate change, and UV radiation we have more than 100 different diseases and injuries. The organization stressed that non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancer) accounted for two thirds of all deaths caused by a stay in an unhealthy environment.

The main sources of air pollution include inefficient modes of transport, burning fuel and garbage in households, coal-fired powerplants and the work of industrial enterprises. However, human activity – is not the only cause of air pollution. For example, it can be affected by dust storms, particularly in regions that are close to the deserts.

WHO Recommends How Many Fruits and Vegetables We Should Eat Daily

fruits and vegetables1Vegetables and fruits are mandatory daily food, as they contain vitamins, minerals and fiber, which improves digestion. Those who eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are not at risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, blurred vision, also they reduced the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

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Figuring out the benefits of fruits and vegetables and their rate of consumption, the medical organizations of various countries give slightly different recommendations. In general, it all depends on sex, age, and physical activities a person performs.

The World Health Organization advises to eat every day at least 400 grams of vegetables, fruits and berries. The entire volume should be divided into five portions of 80 g, amounting to a daily menu of products of different types and colors – so it is possible to provide different nutrients in the diet. For example, it may be tomatoes, pumpkin, banana, cucumber and eggplant.

This is about one medium tomato, cucumber, an apple, a banana, a peach, thee apricots, one orange, half a grapefruit, two plums, seven strawberries, and fourteen cherries, three tablespoons of peas or chopped carrots.

There is a simple rule: one serving of vegetables, fruits and berries – it’s about as much as you can put in palm. Also, you can use cups instead to measure your portions.

Speaking about the norms of consumption, it was meant fresh, fried, boiled vegetables and fruits. Dried fruits are also considered. One serving portion of dried fruits is only 30 grams – about one tablespoon with a hill of dried apricots or raisins.

Potatoes is not included in these 400 grams.There are other rules set for it. Together with rice, pasta and other cereals, potatoes should take one-third of the daily menu. It is better to cook and eat it  with skin, because it is a source of fiber.

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As for the juice, it has a lot of sugar, so it is better to limit the use of it – no more than 150 milliliters per day.

400 g of fruits and vegetables a day is a necessary minimum. In Canada, for example, women are advised to eat 7-8 servings, and men – 8-10, with one serving is 125 grams.

Those who are ready to eat more fruits and vegetables, are advised to be prepared for the problem of excess weight and the difficulties with digestion. Experts in any case, do not recommend overeating – even if it’s not about fast food, and a very healthy food. Of course, if a person moves a lot, he/she can have more than the average. But it’s better to not overdo with those that contain starch – such as potatoes, peas and corn.

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