Processed meat 'early death'

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.

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Dietician: Meat health risk research is 'nothing new'

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.

Eating 'less than 20g of processed meat' reduces risk

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.

'Higher risk of heart disease' from processed meat

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.

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Too much processed meat 'leads to early death'

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.

Research found links between processed meat and heart disease and cancer Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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.

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