HONOLULU -- Deep-fried foods may cause trouble in the Deep South. A study finds people who consume a lot of fried foods and drinks like sweet tea and soda are 41 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who ate that way about once a month.
Researchers say the study might help explain why black people in the Southeast suffer more strokes. Black people are five times more likely than white people to have the Southern dietary pattern.
The diet tied to highest stroke risk is heavy on fried foods, hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, ham, liver, gizzards and sugary drinks. In contrast, people who ate a lot of vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains had a lower stroke risk.
The study's results were reported on Thursday at a stroke conference in Honolulu.