Southern-style foods may be finger lickin’ good — but they may also be linked to a higher risk of stroke.

In a scientific study, researchers found that those who reported eating Southern style foods six times a week were 40 percent more likely to have a stroke compared to those who ate them sparlingly.

A Southern diet — usually high in fat, sugar and salt — includes fried chicken, fried fish, fried potatoes, bacon, ham, liver and gizzards, and sugary drinks. Eating this type of food  accounted for much of the higher risk of stroke among African-Americans above whites, researchers said.

If you eat southern foods regularly, you’re also likely to increase your chances of having heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.


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