A major new study has concluded processed meat, such as bacon, sausages and ham, is the cause of nearly one in 30 early deaths. It concludes eating too much significantly increases the risk of cancer and heart disease.
ITV News medical editor Lawrence McGinty looks at the detail:
New research into the health risks of eating too much processed meat has revealed links to heart disease and cancer.
Dietician Alison Hornby told Daybreak that the findings are "nothing new", however it was still vital that "we get the message out there".
She said: "These foods are so high in saturated felt, salt and additives that they are really bad for our health."
Alison recommended people should lower their intake of processed meats as much as they can.
Major new research linking consumption of processed meat to early death has been greeted with some skepticism from the public. Daybreak spoke to several members to see what they thought.
One man said: "My nana is 92, or 93, and she's eaten and smoked all her life. No problems there."
A study of half a million people has found that people who eat a lot of processed meat, including ham, bacon, sausages and ready meal fillings, are at a greater risk of heart disease and cancer.
Study leader Professor Sabine Rohrmann, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, said eating less than 20 grams a day would reduce the risk of early death:
Risks of dying earlier from cancer and cardiovascular disease also increased with the amount of processed meat eaten.
Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20 grams of processed meat per day.
In the wake of the horsemeat scandal, new research has revealed a link between eating too much processed meat and premature death.
- It said that over a typical follow up time of 12.7 years, the risk of dying from any cause was 44 per cent greater for high processed meat consumers
- High processed meat consumption led to a 72 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease, and an 11 per cent increased risk of dying from cancer
The research defined a 'high consumption of processed meat' as 160 or more grams per day.
In general it found that diets high in processed meat were linked to unhealthy lifestyles, with men and women who ate the most processed meat more likely to smoke.
Men who ate a lot of meat also tended to have high level of alcohol consumption.
A major study has shown that diets full of pies, sausages, and ready meals can lead to an early death.
Half a million people took part in the research that found links between processed meat and heart disease and cancer.
Because of this, people who eat a lot of processed meat products, have a significantly greater chance of dying prematurely than those consuming low amounts.
The survey found that rates of premature death rose with the quantity of processed meat eaten.