Today we bid a sad farewell to a loved one: fried chicken & biscuits. It's been so good to us, but it's also apparently been out to break our hearts... by way of heart disease.
According to a study published in the American Heart Journal, a "Southern"-style diet is the worst diet for your heart. The study looked at dietary patterns and heart risk, and those who regularly eat Southern food -- like fried chicken, fried okra, biscuits, and gravy -- saw a 56% increased risk of cardiovascular disease, more than any other "unhealthy" diet.
It's not like anyone previously thought gravy-soaked biscuits were the key to a long and healthy life, but researcher James Shikany, DrPH, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham notes that it's surprising how much worse Southern food is for your heart than, say, a diet full of "convenience" food (ie. pizza, Mexican, Chinese) or sweets (sugary breakfast foods, candy, desserts).