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Processed meat tied to heart disease, mortality risk

A study of data from 21 countries published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consumption of even small amounts of processed meat -- but not unprocessed meat -- may raise the risk of major heart disease and death. "We believe this might be the result of food preservatives, food additives and color because if you compare, cholesterol and saturated fat in unprocessed and also processed are very similar," researcher Mahshid Dehghan said.

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