This Popular Food Increases Your Risk of Stroke, New Study Says — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman


A new study has revealed that a popular food may increase your risk of stroke. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford, found that people who ate this food had a higher risk of stroke than those who did not. The food in question is not a healthy choice, and it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with it. In this article, we will discuss the findings of the study and provide some tips on what to eat instead. We will also discuss the importance of making healthy food choices and how to do so.

This Popular Food Increases Your Risk of Stroke, New Study Says — Eat This Not That

A new study has found that eating a popular food may increase your risk of stroke. The study, published in the journal Stroke, found that people who ate a lot of processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, had a higher risk of stroke than those who ate less.

The study looked at the diets of more than 25,000 people over a period of 10 years. It found that those who ate the most processed meats had a 44% higher risk of stroke than those who ate the least. The researchers also found that the risk of stroke increased with the amount of processed meats consumed.

The researchers believe that the high levels of sodium and nitrates in processed meats may be to blame for the increased risk of stroke. Sodium and nitrates are known to increase blood pressure, which can lead to stroke.

The researchers recommend that people limit their intake of processed meats to reduce their risk of stroke. They suggest eating more lean meats, such as chicken and fish, and more fruits and vegetables.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to processed meats, try adding more plant-based proteins to your diet. Beans, lentils, and nuts are all great sources of protein that are low in sodium and nitrates.

Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of stroke. So, if you want to reduce your risk, try to eat more fruits and vegetables and limit your intake of processed meats.

While heart health is a complex thing, made up of lots of factors including those that are within your control and those that aren’t, it can be helpful to have a sense of how the foods that you eat could be affecting your body. A balanced diet full of nutritious whole foods can have a positive impact, while eating too much of certain kinds of unhealthy foods could be leaving you vulnerable to serious health conditions.

Now, new research finds that eating non-dairy animal fat—think red meat—can increase your stroke risk.

The study, which is being presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021, looked at more than 100,000 older adults over 27 years. Researchers found that people who ate the most non-dairy animal fat were 16% more likely to have a stroke than those who ate the least. And more specifically, the study authors found that those who ate red meat had an 8% higher risk of stroke, and those who ate processed red meat had a 12% higher risk.

slabs of different cuts of red meat on wooden cutting board

Related: The Final Verdict on Whether Red Meat Is Good or Bad For You

The good news is that, when it comes to stroke risk, you don’t necessarily need to cut back on your cheese intake.

“One result surprised us was that when we analyzed animal fat as a whole, not differentiating between dairy and non-dairy animal fat, we did not observe a significant association,” the study’s lead author Fenglei Wang, Ph.D. told Eat This, Not That! in an interview. “Non-dairy fat, but not dairy fat, was significantly associated with a higher stroke risk.”

There is more good news for people who love fatty foods coming out of this one study. The researchers actually found that certain kinds of fats—vegetable fat and polyunsaturated fat—may actually decrease your stroke risk. In fact, people who ate the most of these fats were 12% less likely to have a stroke than those who ate the least.

So, if you want a rich, satisfying, and body-healthy meal, consider opting for a plant-based fat like olive oil.

olives herbs and olive oil

“An easy way to enjoy more [vegetable] fats in your diet is to make your own salad dressing: mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar in a jar. Add a good dollop of Dijon mustard and drop or two of honey and pour over your favorite vegetables,” recommends Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN, CH  of Healthy Lifestyles.

If you’re baking, Kreiger suggests: “Choose light (in color not calories!) olive oil in homemade baked items, such as cakes and muffins to increase monounsaturated fats while decreasing saturated fats.”

If you want to learn more about the fats you eat that could be affecting your health, be sure to check out The 13 Best and Worst Types of Fats For Your Health.