‘Processed meat “is to blame for one in 30 deaths”‘

Posted on March 7, 2013

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Today (7th March), a news item was posted on titled ‘Processed meat “is to blame for one in 30 deaths”: Scientists say a rasher of cheap bacon a day is harmful’.

‘… * Analysis of diets of 500,000 linked meat to cancer and heart disease deaths
* Should be ‘limit of no more than 20g a day of processed meat’, equal to one rasher of cheap bacon or one full English breakfast a week

Meals containing too much processed meat such as cheap ham, bacon and sausages could send you to an early grave, a large-scale study has found.

Analysis of the diets and medical history of almost half a million men and women linked processed meat to deaths from cancer and heart disease.

The Europe-wide research, including work by Oxbridge scientists, found that processed meat is to blame for about one in 30 deaths.

The researchers suggested a limit of no more than 20g a day of processed meat – equal to one rasher of cheap bacon …

A study last year found that eating 50g of processed meat a day – the equivalent of one sausage or three rashers of bacon – raises the likelihood of cancer by a fifth.

But in the latest, much bigger study, those who ate the most processed meat were almost 50 per cent more likely to suffer an early death, with heart disease the overwhelming cause.

The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, concluded that a limit of 20g a day of processed meat – equal to a rasher of bacon or one full English breakfast a week – would prevent about 20,000 early deaths in the UK each year.

Tracy Parker, a dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘With spring in the air, many of us may be looking forward to sunny barbecues. But this research suggests processed meat, such as sausages and burgers, may be linked to an increased risk of early death …

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, London, said: ‘This study is yet another little plank going into the edifice saying we’ve got to down on [processed] meat …

‘This is what we’re saying, let’s lower the amount of animals we are producing. We need to reduce the cattle culture in this country.

‘The key issue is we don’t know what a good diet is, we’ve had dietary guidelines based on a very narrow based idea of what is nutrition.

‘For me, this study is another reminder of the need to go for a more sustainable diet.’ …’

Read the item in full, view images and video, and add your comment online at www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289351/Processed-meat-blame-1-30-deaths-Scientists-say-rasher-cheap-bacon-day-harmful.html

[Vegans say abandon the exploitation, abuse and slaughter of all animals, and abandon the production and consumption of all animal products.]

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