The typical Western diet really can kill you, is the message of this article. A study of more than 5,000 civil servants found that those who ate the most fried and sweet food, processed food and red meat, white bread, butter and cream doubled their risk of premature death. The research goes some way to explaining why heart disease is still the UK’s biggest killer. Once again I think this needs to be taken into context. We know these things are bad for us and they probably would kill us if we ate them all the time but the odd fried breakfast or bacon sandwich isn’t going to hurt. Obviously people who eat like this all the time might want to think about cutting back and choosing more white meat and fish and less processed food.