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  1. Fried foods lead to stroke

    Southern-fried stroke risk

    What's not to love about Southern cooking? They deep fry everything and serve fried foods with heaps of butter and gravy.

    So sure, it tastes good.

    But make no mistake about it, it's not even close to good for you -- which is why the Deep South is home to some of the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the entire nation.

    And now, you can add another risk to the list: stroke.

    People who eat southern fried  foods six times a week have a 41 percent higher risk of stroke when compared to people who chow down on it once a month, according to a new look at the dietary habits of more than 20,000 people.

    That's double the risk we've seen in previous studies -- but in those studies, they've looked more at the region.

    The new research is a look at what people really eat on a day-to-day basis no matter where they live. And clearly, eating these fried foods six days a week is just too much. They're high in unhealthy fats, cholesterol, refined carbohydrates, and salt -- all ingredients we know can increase the risk of stroke.

    I'd say even eating fried foods once a week is too often, no matter how much you love chicken-fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and deep-fried catfish.

    Instead, stick to the foods we know can actually lower your risk of a stroke instead of raising it. The Mediterranean Diet I write about so often isn't just great for losing weight and overall health -- it can also lower your risk of stroke, and the new study proves that as well.

    People who eat the staples of the Mediterranean diet five times a week -- including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes -- are 29 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than people who eat them three times a week.

    Fried chicken slathered in gravy may sound tempting. But the reality is no food tastes good when you're not around to enjoy it anymore.

  2. Meat & fried food: the secret to a long life

    Diet advice usually comes with a whole lot of don'ts: Don't eat this, and don't drink that.

    So let me add one more "don't" to the list: Don't listen to all that mainstream nonsense... because you don't have to give up your favorite foods to live long, and a new study proves it.

    The only other "don't" you really need is this one: Don't eat sugar--because researchers have confirmed that it's the quickest path to an early grave.

    The researchers also say the best way to ensure a long and healthy life is through a diet high in what the mainstream considers healthy food: low-fat dairy, fish, vegetables and whole grains.

    But don't put down your steak knife just yet, because the researchers also found something else... something they weren't quite as eager to discuss in the pages of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

    Something they later admitted was "unexpected," probably because it doesn't jibe with all those "don'ts" you usually hear: People who ate the most meat and fried foods and had a steady, moderate drinking habit lived just as long as the so- called "healthy" eaters.

    And that means maybe you don't have to stick to poached chicken and salad greens after all.

    In the study, researchers tracked more than 2,500 adults between the ages of 70 and 79 for 10 years, splitting them into six groups based on the types of food they ate most frequently: "healthy foods," "high-fat dairy," "meat, fried foods, and alcohol," "breakfast cereal," "refined grains" and "sweets and desserts."

    After adjusting for risk factors, they found that high-fat dairy eaters--think ice cream--had a 40 percent higher risk of dying during the study period, while the sweets-and-desserts crowd had a 37 percent higher risk of death.

    That's compared to the so-called healthy eaters... but that's where the researchers lose some credibility here--because even though the seniors in the "meat, fried foods and alcohol" group were just as likely to remain alive as those on the supposedly healthy diet, they were practically ignored.

    It was as if they couldn't explain it... so they didn't even bother to try, despite the fact that those eaters represented the single biggest group in the study, with nearly twice as many of them than in the supposedly healthy group.

    Sounds to me like it's time to fry yourself a steak, crack open a beer--and ignore all the "don'ts."

    Your diet is just one measure of how long you might live... keep reading for an even simpler one.

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