While fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and cornbread may be delicious, it’s no secret that those foods can be harmful to your death. They may even be more detrimental to African-Americans, according to a new report.
Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to explore why African-Americans may have a higher incidences of hypertension.
“Hypertension is the single biggest contributor to racial disparities in cardiovascular disease,” lead author George Howard said in a statement. “Preventing hypertension is a critical piece of reducing health disparities in cardiovascular disease. This work identifies factors contributing to the development of high blood pressure and how they differ between African-Americans and white Americans.”
To do so, they examined nearly 7,000 older adults from a previous study and followed them for a little over nine years, tracking their cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index before and after the trial. The participants also answered questions about their health and completed questionnaires measuring their diets.
After analyzing the results, they found blacks had higher rates of early deaths compared to whites as expected. However, they were surprised to learn southern-style diets, which can include fried fish, fried chicken, fried potatoes, sweetened beverages and processed foods, seemed to be the culprit for both black men and women.
Read more at https://www.ajc.com/news/world/southern-diets-biggest-factor-african-americans-increased-risk-hypertension-compared-whites-study-says/AR0HNqMiA5N0AiQrdHIbJN/