Southern-Style Diet and Heart Risk

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A strictly Southern-style diet, with fried and fatty foods, is no Mediterranean diet. Thats the conclusion of some University of Alabama researchers who looked at that diets effects on heart health. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the findings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A traditional Southern-style diet includes meals with fried entrees, high-fat side dishes and sugar-sweetened iced tea. Most people find it delicious but frequently consuming a Southern-style diet could significantly raise your risk of heart disease and death. Thats according to a study by University of Alabama researchers.

The researchers looked at data from more than 17,000 participants in a national longitudinal study on strokes. Those who adhered most closely to a Southern-style eating pattern ranked highest in increased risk of heart disease, according to the study findings.

Although the researchers findings may not be surprising to most people, the study is important, since it gives more scientific backing to what would by now seem obvious. It may also propel people who are devoted to the unhealthy, if delicious, way of life into a healthier, more heart-friendly one.

If you often indulge in Southern-style meals, researchers recommend cutting back on consumption of these foods gradually so that youre more likely to stick with your dietary changes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.