Because of trans-fats, crackers, chips, store bought pastries and baked goods block arteries, upping concentrations of lipids and cholesterol, raising your risk of having a stroke by 30%. Limit trans-fats to no more than 1-2 g per day, as always read labels on processed foods.
Scientists don't know why yet, but people that drink a single diet soda a day are 48% more at risk of having a stroke. Regular diet soda drinkers have a 60% higher chance of having a stroke, heart attack or coronary artery disease, so substitute more water or iced tea.
Because red meat is so high in saturated fat, people that consume too much have a 42% higher risk of having a stroke. Red meat clogs arteries with protein plaques and the high iron content may pose a specific risk to have a stroke. Eat more white meat and fish, don't forget to try Meatless Mondays – or perhaps try even two to three days a week to get your protein from plants!
So remember as Michael Pollan said in his book, In Defense of Food, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” and “Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.” Do as Ben Franklin said and “Eat to live, don't live to eat”, base your diet on whole, natural, foods not processed, packaged garbage that pretends to be food.
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