A new study on foods that may contribute to nearly half of U.S. death concentrates not on what you eat, but how much of it.

FOX's Gurnal Scott in New York:

The new government research pinpoints 10 foods and nutrients that if over-or-under-eaten could be linked to deaths from diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Fruits, nuts and polyunsaturated fats are considered "good" ingredients that people don't eat enough of.

Red meat, sugary drinks and salt are so-called "bad" ingredients that people overindulge. 700,000 deaths in 2012 were closely examined, the study found excessive salt intake accounted for 10 percent. Eight percent of deaths were traced to not enough nuts and seafood that provide essential oils and fats.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gurnal Scott, FOX News.

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