Processed meat study questioned

By Carina Perkins

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UK dieticians and nutritionists have criticised a report which claimed that eating processed meat would increase the risk of premature death.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, a dietician sitting on the Meat Advisory Panel, told’s​ sister site,​, that she had serious concerns over the usefulness of the paper. She pointed out the study confirmed that people who ate high quantities of processed meat were also likely to smoke, drink more and eat less fruit and vegetables, and it is impossible to separate out these risk factors. She added that it is impossible to establish cause and effect from an epidemiological population study.

Nutritionist and author Zoë Harcombe also criticised the study, pointing out that all most of the processed meat products consumed by people in the study contained carbohydrates.

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