Consuming processed, chemical-laden meat increases risk of dying young by 50 percent

by Jonathan Benson, NaturalNews.com  |  published on March 19, 2013

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More evidence has emerged pointing to processed, chemical-laden meat products as a significant contributing factor to early mortality.

A recent study published in the journal BMC Medicine reveals that even moderate consumption of certain processed meat products could increase the risk of death by about 50 percent.

To arrive at this conclusion, dozens of researchers from some of the world’s most prominent educational institutions followed and tracked roughly half a million people living throughout Europe. The team evaluated the dietary habits of the participants, and compared this data to the health effects observed collectively throughout the course of about 13 years.

At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that, overall, one in 17 participants died from some cause. But after adjusting for outside factors such as smoking and lifestyle habits, it was learned that those who ate more than 160 grams, or about six ounces, of processed meat a day were about 44 percent likely to die compared to those who at 20g (0.71 ounces) a day or fewer.

The findings build upon earlier research that has already identified what appears to be a causal link between processed meat consumption and increased risk of mortality. Research published in the journal Circulation back in 2010, for instance, found that eating a mere two ounces of processed meat a day increases the risk of diabetes by 19 percent and heart disease by 42 percent.

“High meat consumption, especially processed meat, is associated with a less healthy lifestyle,” explained Professor Sabine Rohrmann from the University of Zurich in Switzerland to BBC News. “But after adjusting for smoking, obesity and other confounders we think there is a risk of eating processed meat.”

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