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Bacon 'bad for the lungs'

17th April 2007

Cured meats like bacon and ham can cause lung damage if eaten too often, a study in the United States has found.

The study, led by Dr Rudi Jiang of Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, included more than 7,000 people.

It found that those who ate cured meats more than 14 times a month nearly doubled their risk of getting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Those who did were also likely to be male smokers of low socioeconomic status who ate less fruit, vegetables and vitamins.

Nitrities added to cured meats, anti-microbial agents and colour fixatives were blamed for boosting the risk of developing COPD by 1.93%.

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