Regularly tucking into sausages, bacon, ready meals and pies dramatically increases the chances of developing heart disease and cancer, a new study has warned.
People who live on processed meat increase their risk of dying by 44%, the Daily Express reported. Experts said that three percent of early deaths could be prevented each year if people ate under 20 grams of processed meat a day less than a single rasher of bacon.
But there was good news for those who enjoy a steak or a Sunday roast. A small amount of red meat could be beneficial as an important source of vitamins and nutrients.
The research by the University of Zurich involved half a million aged 35 to 70 with widely ranging diets from 10 European countries.
They filled in questionnaires about the food they had eaten over previous 12 months with meats grouped into red and white. High consumption of processed meat was defined as 160 grams or more a day, the equivalent of around three sausages or six rashers of bacon. ani