Dr. Michael Greger, best known for sharing his nutritional expertise in the bestselling 2015 book "How Not to Die,"\u00a0 has reiterated that adopting a plant-based diet can be a life-saving decision. Speaking to\u00a0KUNR's Anh Gray, the medical professional explained how a nutritional vegan diet can prevent premature death. Greger referred to the\u00a0Global Burden of Disease study, the largest study of human risk factors for disease in history, to explain that "the number one cause of death in these United States is our diet." He added, "The number one cause of disability is our diet."\u00a0\u00a0 The typical animal-product and processed-food-heavy American diet has, Greger noted, increasingly been found to cause many of the nation's most common fatal diseases, including heart disease and cancer.\u00a0Not only does the standard American diet include a significant amount of meat and dairy, it involves an abject lack of fruit and vegetables: Americans are generally consuming less than ten percent of foods from plant sources -\u00a0"the safest, most effective treatments out there."\u00a0 The doctor also made reference to claims which he made headlines for last year, stating that a vegan diet is the nutritional equivalent to quitting smoking.\u00a0"Currently, cigarettes now only kill about a half a million Americans every year, whereas our diet kills hundreds of thousands more," he told Gray. However, as even doctors remain ill-educated on the importance of diets, with standard\u00a0medical training for physicians inadequate in diet-related disease prevention knowledge, it is unsurprising that the fatty diet remains popular. In the interview, Greger also attributed this to manipulative, profit-driven\u00a0marketing. "People love hearing good news about their bad habits," he said. "So you sell lots more books with bacon and butter on the cover than you can with broccoli on the cover."\u00a0The doctor has also released a cookbook\u00a0to tackle this, aptly named "The How Not to Die Cookbook," which gives readers recipes to help them elongate their lifespan. "Things like fruits and vegetables are good for you; they may not get a lot of click-bait clicks, don\u2019t sell a lot of books, but these are truly life-and-death decisions,"\u00a0Greger summarised. "And if there\u2019s any decision to be made on evidence, it should be the health and well-being of ourselves and our families." Image credit: Anh Grey\/KUNR Become a\u00a0CLUBKINDLY\u00a0member today!