There is nothing quite like a giant plate of fried chicken that has been fried in bacon grease, mashed potatoes, and some collard greens. It is comfort food at its finest. Unfortunately, it is also a health risk on a plate.
There is a new study that shows traditional Southern foods such as fried chicken, bacon, and fried fish are linked to a higher risk of having a stroke. Not only do the fried foods have a high fat content, which is a risk for your arteries, but they have a high salt content as well. Lots of salt in the diet leads to high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke or heart attack.
These findings were presented at the International Stroke Conference. 20,000 Black and White men were studied from 48 different states. They were asked about their food habits, exercise habits, and daily life style. Then they went through a medical assessment where they were asked about overall health and stroke frequencies.
The study found many things. It showed that there was a 41 percent higher chance of having a stroke in those who consumed Southern food six times a week than their counterparts who only ate it around once a month. It also showed that those who ate other Southern style foods that were mostly fruit, legumes, and veggies had a 29 percent lower risk of having a stroke.
The study found that African-Americans were five times more likely to consume the bad Southern foods than White men. This means that their risk for a stroke was much higher. Other studies have shown that Southerners have a 20 percent high chance of having a stroke than those in the North, due in large part to the regional diets.
It is always best to eat healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, and other raw foods. Healthcare professionals are being urged to educate their patients on proper diet so the risk of stroke can be reduced greatly.