Southern diet cause of hypertension in blacks


The ‘Southern diet’ of deep-fried meats, sweet bread and soda is the main reason why African-Americans have a higher risk of high blood pressure than whites, a new study concludes.

Eating large amounts of fried foods, meats, eggs and sugar makes black Americans twice as likely to suffer hypertension than their white peers.

The lead authors of the study, published today in the Journals of the American Medical Association, described the food culture of the south as the ‘perfect storm of a diet’, ramping up blood sugar and bad cholesterol levels.

They admit they were surprised that the diet was a clearer driving factor than stress or depression, since fatty food is popular across all communities.

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