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Processed Meat Linked To Early Death In Study
A diet packed with pies, sausages and ready meals can lead to an early death, research involving half a million people suggests.
The major study, based on findings in 10 European countries, highlights links between red and processed meats and heart disease and cancer.
People who eat more than 160g of these products in a day - the equivalent of about three sausages - have a much greater chance of dying prematurely, findings suggest.
The chance of dying - from any cause - was 44% greater for those people, according to the report published in the journal BMC Medicine.
High processed meat consumption led to a 72% increased risk of dying from heart disease, and an 11% increased risk of dying from cancer.
Study leader Professor Sabine Rohrmann, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, said: "Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20g of processed meat per day."
The results were published in the wake of the horsemeat scandal which has caused people to question the origins of their food.
Over the follow-up period a total of 5,556 participants died from heart and artery disease, 9,861 from cancer, and 1,068 from respiratory diseases.
In general, diets high in processed meat were linked to unhealthy lifestyles - men and women who ate the most processed meat ate the fewest fruits and vegetables, and were more likely to smoke.
The researchers adjusted the data to take account of these and other factors that might have influenced the results.
However, eating small amounts of red meat appeared to be beneficial - with authors pointing out that apart from harmful saturated fat and cholesterol, it contains essential nutrients and minerals that might be missing from a vegetarian diet.
Dietician Tracy Parker, from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), called on people to use leaner cuts of meat and to cook meat under the grill rather than fry it.
"If you eat lots of processed meat, try to vary your diet with other protein choices such as chicken, fish, beans or lentils," she added.
It is not the first study to point to the dangers of too much red and processed meat - a major US report last year said they can dramatically increase the risk of death from heart disease and cancer.
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what do you think?
"......or lentils"? Im not having lentils with my sunday lunch or with a cooked breakfast! This is old news any way,from 5years ago not just last year. Theres another headline about having too many deer in the uk. If we stop eating red meat then we will have too many cows,sheep and pigs. And we wont be able to eat the venison from the deer that we kill because its going to give us heart disease or cancers,so really its just another excuse for food retailers to throw away tons of "out of date" food.
Eat red meat drink alcohol smoke drink coffee you will be dead by the time your thirty So how did they all manage to live into their eighties and nineties all those born in the early 1900/1920 living on dripping and tripe poor cuts of meat loads of pastries/pies poor houing and poor air quality We are all DOOMED I SAY WE ARE ALL DOOMED.
alot of truth what you say paul but one factor you have missed, back in those days people were well active, they did not sit about.
There is a big difference between those and us - they didn't spend half the day sitting down at a computer - their lifestyle were a hell of a lot more active.
beaten by the Ali!
If you can't afford quality when buying meat, its simple be a veggie.
All well & good, but often the meat-free alternatives (Quorn mince, sausages, chicken pieces, etc) are similarly priced, if not more expensive, it's not even cheap to be vegetarian anymore.
That is true, I am a veggie but it comes at a price
Another " dangerous food " health warning. I think my chances of dying sometime are quite high.
We all the same! But stressing about it will kill you quicker! ;-)
Seems like just more good news for people who cant afford butchers prices for quality meat why cant they make cheap healthy food it would sell in quantities anyway nobody wants to be unhealthy the food companies and supermarkets just put rubbish in food to make more and more profit
Black pudding, bacon, bread & dripping, chips and gravy. . Washed down by gallons of milk stout? That's how we survive in warwickshire. .
LOL is that why Shakespeare moved to London :D
Thats the same with us in worcestershire. except for redditch where they substitute it all for rat washed down with a milked stoat. And in kidderminster where they eat each other!
Husband from kiddy, I lived there as well, ....your right! We now in Wales! ;-)
Just celebrated with a scotch egg.
Lovely! Can't fault it! :-)
Waits to see how long it is before i hear a cry for a Processed Meat tax. lol
All the sheep and cows and pigs have chemical acid rain falling on them and they eat fields of genetically modified, chemically cultivated grass and animal feed full of chemicals. A sheep in a field is processed from the day it is born and all the wild birds seem happily and healthily scavenging around car park rubbish bins. All food is processed and butchers clean their premises with strong bleach.
Eat what you like....in moderation, drink, in moderation, we all die, fact! Stressing about it all will also kill you, fact!