What is interesting about this study is that the authors specifically examined the role of processed meat (read: bacon, sausage, baloney, lunch meat) unlike other studies that have looked at only red meat consumption. As you might expect, the news is not good…

The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine and conducted by researchers from the University of Zurich, shows an association between processed meat and higher risks of dying from heart disease and cancer.

“We estimated that 3.3 [percent] of deaths could be prevented if all participants had a processed meat consumption of less than 20 [grams] per day,” the researchers wrote in the study. The Atlantic pointed out that 20 grams of processed meat is the equivalent of a “matchbook-sized portion” of sausage.


Dr. Norleena Gullett is a Radiation Oncologist at Erlanger Cancer Institute in Chattanooga, TN. In addition to her medical expertise, she strives to offer emotional, psychological, and spiritual support in her care for her patients. She prides herself on treating  you, the whole person, with the best care possible.