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.
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