Tuesday, January 04, 2011

For fried fish, go for moderation

This is sad news to me, even though it's not a big shocker. My favorite food: fried catfish. Part of my Southern upbringing.

However, it's inarguable that eating a lot of fried fish is not a good healthy choice and for many, many people, it leads to a higher stroke risk. No question.

If, like me, you can't live without it, go with moderation. Here's one of the stories, from USA Today, about a study showing how stroke deaths are higher where fried fish aplenty:
A study published in today's Neurology shows people living in the stroke belt — which comprises North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana — eat more fried fish and less non-fried fish than people living in the rest of the country, and African-Americans eat more fried fish than Caucasians.

"Differences in dietary fish consumption, specifically in cooking methods, may be contributing to higher rates of stroke in the stroke belt and also among African Americans," says study author Fadi Nahab, medical director for the Stroke Program at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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