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Healthier Me: Processed Meats & Early Deaths

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In Thursday's Healthier Me, a study by the journal BMC Medicine found eating large amounts of processed meat can contribute to an early death.

 The research involving half a million people highlighted links between heart disease and cancer and processed meats like sausage and bacon. The study found high consumption of processed meat led to a 72-percent increased risk of dying from heart disease and an eleven-percent increased risk of dying from cancer. 

The research found diets high in processed meat were linked to unhealthy lifestyles.

 As always, experts said moderation was the key. 

Tracey Parker, British Heart Foundation: "This study highlighted that people who ate a lot of processed meat tend to have unhealthy lifestyle choices. So less fruit and vegetable, more alcohol, they smoked, very less active. And we all know with regards to heart disease that diet is one part of the big picture. [...] Take everything in moderation. There is a tendency for some foods such as processed meats, sweets, and chocolates to become very mainstream. So we need to go back to basics and be treating these foods as treats."



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