0427 GMT April 06, 2020
The findings of the study are based on a six-year study of more than 17,000 people in the United States. Researchers found that people who regularly ate a Southern style diet comprising of fried foods, eggs, processed meats like bacon and ham, and sugary drinks faced the highest risk of a heart attack or heart-related death during the next six years, MedIndia reported.
Lead researcher James Shikany, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Alabama, said, "Regardless of your gender, race, or where you live, if you frequently eat a Southern-style diet you should be aware of your risk of heart disease and try to make some gradual changes to your diet. Try cutting down the number of times you eat fried foods or processed meats from every day to three days a week as a start, and try substituting baked or grilled chicken or vegetable-based foods."
The study included both men and women aged 45 years or older, who did not have heart disease when they began the study. The participants enrolled from 2003 to 2007. They were first screened by telephone, and then given an in-home physical exam, then they answered a food frequency questionnaire. The study said, "Every six months, the participants were interviewed via telephone about their general health status and hospitalizations for nearly six years."