New research has linked processed meat to diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The study, which included almost half a million people, found that a person's risk of early death increased with the amount of processed meats they ate.
The study also found that those who ate more processed meats also tended to eat fewer fruits and vegetables and were more likely to smoke. Men included in the study were also more likely to drink large amounts of alcohol.
Experts estimate that 3 percent of premature deaths per year could be avoided if people reduced their consumption of processed meat to less than 20 grams per day.
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