Researchers at University of Alabama have found that regularly eating traditional southern diets can increase the risk of strokes.
Researchers led by Suzanne Judd analyzed the diets of more than 20,000 whites and African Americans who were over 45 years of age. The participants were asked a number of questions regarding their health and diet between 2003 and 2007 and the researchers found that people who eat southern food six times a week were 41 percent more likely to suffer from a stroke while it was more harmful among African Americans who had a 63 percent higher risk of a stroke.
"Fatty foods are high in cholesterol, sugary drinks are linked to diabetes and salty foods lead to high blood pressure. Maybe cut back a little bit, so you're not eating that every day", Judd said.
The study was presented at the International Stroke Conference in Hawaii.