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Processed Meats May Raise Dementia Risk, Even In Small Amounts

Processed meats are not healthy, and many people underestimate how damaging they can be. In March 2021, researchers from the University of Leeds reported that a small amount of these meats can harm the bran. Only 25 grams per day–which is equal to a thin slice of bacon–increases the risk of dementia by 44%.

A store employee puts a variety of processed meats into a grocery cart.
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Processed meats increase the amount of APOE ε4 alleles, a risk factor gene that makes people more likely to get chronic diseases. The lead researcher of the study, Huifeng Zhang, added that dementia risk rises with age. Try to eat less processed meat over time.