Sausages and pies are recipe for early death
Diets laden with pies, sausages, and ready meals can lead to an early death, a major study has shown.
Research involving half a million people highlights links between processed meat and heart disease and cancer.
Over a typical follow-up time of 12.7 years, the risk of dying from any cause was 44pc greater for high processed meat consumers.
Rates of premature death rose with the quantity of processed meat eaten.
High consumption led to a 72pc increased risk of dying from heart disease, and an 11pc increased risk of dying from cancer.
The findings were reported in the journal 'BMC Medicine'.
High consumption was defined as 160g per day or more.