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Fried food, sweet drinks up stroke risk 41%: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Feb. 8, 2013

(SHUTTERSTOCK)


Regularly eating deep-fried foods and sugary drinks can increase the risk of stroke by as much as 41%, a new study has found.

"We've got three major factors working together in the southern-style diet to raise risks of cardiovascular disease: fatty foods are high in cholesterol, sugary drinks are linked to diabetes and salty foods lead to high blood pressure," co-author Suzanne Judd, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement.

The findings were presented at the American Stroke Association's international stroke conference in Hawaii Thursday.

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Researchers looked at the diets of more than 20,000 black and white adults across the U.S.

Those who consumed southern-style foods -- such as fried chicken, fried potatoes, bacon, ham and sweet tea -- about six times a week had a 41% higher risk of stroke compared to those who ate it about once a month.

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