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Take Your Breakfast Sandwich Without the Sausage

The research: You know that processed meat is not the healthiest thing you can eat, but here's another reason to eat it less it often. A large review of studies by the Mayo Clinic found that daily red-meat consumption was linked to a higher risk of death—particularly processed meats, like bacon, sausage and salami. Specifically, eating lots of these meats was linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer among Western populations.

What you can do: There are benefits to simply eating less meat—one study in the review found that the risk of death was 25 to 50 percent lower for people with very low meat intake compared to those with very high intakes. In addition, long-term vegetarians (defined in the review as people who'd been meat-free for 17 years or more) lived an average of 3.6 years longer than other study participants.