The study reveals a 10 European countries, ailment that found a link between processed meats and cardiovascular disease, cancer and early deaths.

A large intake of sausages, ham, bacon and other processed meats increases the risk of dying, according to a study published today in the journal BMC Medicine.

After a survey of over one million people in ten European countries, the panel found an association between diets high in processed meats and cardiovascular disease, cancer and early deaths.

According to researchers, salt and chemicals are used to keep these products harmful to health.

Smokers and obese. The study showed that there is a greater likelihood that people who eat lots of processed meat are daily smokers, obese and have other harmful health behaviors.

The scientists observed as increased rates of premature death according to the consumed amount of processed meat.

Experts found that the likelihood of people taking over 160 grams of processed meat a day-about two sausages and a slice of bacon- died within an average of 13 years was a 44 % greater than those consumed 20 grams.

More risk. The report found that a high intake of such meats rose by 72 % the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and a 11 % risk of dying from cancer.

Professor Sabine Rohrmann, University of Zurich (Switzerland), responsible for research, stated that “risk of dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease also increased with the amount of processed meat consumed”.

Rohrmann estimate “a 3 % annual premature deaths could be prevented if people ate less than 20 grams of processed meat a day”.

Recommendations. The UK government recommends no more than 70 grams of processed meat a day, which is roughly equivalent to two slices of bacon, though consuming some meat, even if it is processed, had beneficial effects on the health of some study participants.

Rohrmann said some vegetarians who eliminated meat from their diet and did not alter other aspects of your diet may be lacking vital nutrients, as iron.

Rachel Thompson, World Cancer Research Fund, told the British public broadcaster BBC that the study of scientific evidence that highlights the health risks associated with the consumption of processed meat adds.



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