- A new study published in the journal BMC Medicine links the consumption of processed meats such as bacon and deli meats to premature death, as well as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- The study involved half a million people in ten countries.
- The study found that participants with diets high in processed meat or or low in fruits and vegetables tended to engage in other unhealthy habits as well, such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
From the article:
"... Prof Sabine Rohrmann, from the University of Zurich, and lead author of this study explained:
'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 20g processed meat per day.' ..."