If you are foodie and loves cramming on buttery and fried food, then you need to cautious.
A new study suggests that regular eating of Southern diet regularly, such as, fried chicken, gravy-smothered liver, buttered rolls etc, could raise the risk of heart attack.
The research has been carried out on the dietary habits of more than 17,000 white and African-American adults in different regions of the United States, and the results were rather scary. The people who consumed processed meats, fried foods, fatty foods, eggs, such as bacon and ham, organ meats like liver, and sugary drinks were at a higher risk for suffering a heart attack or heart-related death during the next 5.8 years.
Consuming Southern diet leads to 56 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to those who consumes it less often. The study reveals that the most of consumer of Southern diet tended to be male, African-American, those who had not graduated from high school or were residents of southern states.
According to Lead researcher James M. Shikany of the University of Alabama: regardless of gender, race, or where people live, if people frequently ate a Southern-style diet they should be aware of the risk of heart disease and try to make some gradual changes to their diet.
Shikany said that people should try cutting down the number of times they eat fried foods or processed meats from every day to three days a week as a start.
The study is published in the journal Circulation.