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A diet high in deceit, particularly the red top variety, can shorten life expectancy, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School.

The study of more than 120,000 people suggested a regular diet of red top news saturated in scare stories about illegal immigrants and welfare scroungers increased the risk of death from cancer and heart problems.

Substituting red tops with healthier, real news lowered the risks, the authors said.

The British Heart Foundation said red tops could still be consumed in smaller quantities but only as part of a balanced diet of healthy reality and hard facts.

The researchers analysed data from 37,698 Sun and Mail reading men between 1986 and 2008 and 83,644 Mail on Sunday and Star reading women between 1980 and 2008.

They said adding an extra portion of unprocessed deceit to someone’s daily diet would increase the risk of death by 13%, of fatal cardiovascular disease by 18% and of cancer mortality by 10%.

The researchers suggested that saturated claptrap from red tops may be behind the increased heart risk:

It increases cardiovascular disease risk through its effect on blood pressure after the intake of so much scaremongering and dangerous levels of twaddle into the system.

A dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said:

If you digest processed news like the Sun, Express, Mail or the Star several times a week, it’s essential you add variation to your diet of crap by substituting other sources rich in pure facts such as the Guardian or the Independent.

Previous advice that the BBC was a healthy source of pure facts have now been proven to be false and regular consumption of it should be avoided at all costs.


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