There are no surprises here, but a recent study appears to support what many nutritionists have been saying for years. This study was called REGARDS which stands for Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke. The study addresses why Southern states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana are collectively called The Stroke Belt (higher rates of strokes than other U.S. regions).
One of the strengths of the study was the large population size (17,000 participants) and the diversity of race, regions, and socioeconomic data. One of the weaknesses was the use of a food frequency questionnaire that presents in most studies added risks of inaccurate reporting of food intake, etc. as well as subjective analysis of responses.
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