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      Can the food you love cause stroke?

      A stroke is also known as a “brain attack.” The shocking fact is that this can happen to anyone at anytime. Every year nearly 800,000 people get a new or recurrent stroke. In fact, it’s the fifth largest cause of death in the United States.

      It usually occurs when the blood flow to a portion of the brain gets cut off. When this happens, the blood loses its supply of oxygen and the brain cells begin to die. After this, the areas controlled by that portion of the brain, say for instance the muscles or memory stop functioning.

      Salt ups your risk for stroke

      Salt or sodium taken in greater quantities than necessary can increase the blood pressure and thereby push up the risks for stroke as well. Big time offenders in this category include canned soup, canned spaghetti, or frozen dinners that may even sound healthy. What you probably do not know is that the following common ingredients are all salt though they come with different names - baking soda, baking powder, msg (monosodium glutamate), disodium phosphate and sodium alginate.

      Diet soda

      Many of us think diet soda is healthier than its sweeter counterpart but it’s not. Even if you drink just one diet soda a day, your risk for contracting a stroke goes up by 40%. Try to add more water to your diet rather than going for sodas.

      Baked goods

      If you are the type who loves all those cookies, muffins, crackers, pastries and so on from bakeries, it’s time to do a rethink. They are high in transfats as these commercial bakers tend to use hydrogenated oils.  It’s shocking to know that those who ate just 7 grams of trans fat each day, the quantity you find in two doughnuts or merely half a serving of french fries had an increased chance of 30% more strokes. Limit the quantity of transfats that you consume to just one or two grams a day, but it’s better if you have none.

      Processed Meat

      Smoked and processed meat is high in sodium besides preservatives. Sausage, hot dogs, bacon, smoked turkey sandwich, it does not matter which, each can up the danger of stroke.

       

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