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Southern food may be killing black Americans, study finds

October 3, 2018

Fried food and sweet tea may be delicious, but the “Southern Diet” could be killing black Americans, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A new study from the University of Alabama shows the biggest factor associated with the increased risk of hypertension among black adults was the high consumption of a Southern-style diet.

Researchers at the University of Alabama examined nearly 7,000 black and white adults, none of whom had high blood pressure.

Nearly a decade later, 46 percent of African-Americans had developed high blood pressure, compared with one-third of white participants.

Researchers said African-Americans were more likely to eat the so-called “Southern Diet,” meaning lots of fried food, eggs and sugary beverages.

The participants were first examined between 2003 and 2007 and the follow-up examination took place nine years later.