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Southern diet, heavy on fried foods and salt, strongly linked to stroke
Southern diet, heavy on fried foods and salt, strongly linked to stroke

(February 7, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Alabama – A ‘Southern’ diet raises risk of stroke, according to a report presented at the ASA’s International Stroke Conference. Researchers studied over 20,000 US men and women with a minimum age of 45. Participants were enrolled from 48 states and were followed every six months for several years. Results showed that individuals who ate a Southern diet—heavy on fried foods, organ meats, salt and sugar—6 days a week were 41% more likely to suffer a stroke when compared to those who ate a Southern diet 1 time a week. The Southern diet accounted for 63% of elevated stroke risk among African Americans. Individuals who ate a diet high fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, were at 29% reduced risk of stroke.

 
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