5 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-10-01 17:18:25 -0500
Started 2011-09-22 13:22:33 -0500

Whether your weakness is pastrami, sausage, hot dogs, bacon, or a smoked turkey sandwich, the word from the experts is: Watch out!


Why it's bad:

Smoked and processed meats are nasty contributors to stroke risk in two ways: The preserving processes leave them packed with sodium, but even worse are the preservatives used to keep processed meats from going bad. Sodium nitrate and nitrite have been shown by researchers to directly damage blood vessels, causing arteries to harden and narrow. And of course damaged, overly narrow blood vessels are exactly what you don't want if you fear stroke.

Many studies have linked processed meats to coronary artery disease (CAD); one meta-analysis in the journal Circulation calculated a 42-percent increase in coronary heart disease for those who eat one serving of processed meat a day.

Stroke is not the only concern for salami fans; cancer journals have reported numerous studies in the past few years showing that consumption of cured and smoked meats is linked with increased risk of diabetes and higher incidences of numerous types of cancer, including leukemia.

What to do:

If a smoked turkey or ham sandwich is your lunch of choice, try to vary your diet, switching to tuna, peanut butter, or other choices several days a week. Or cook turkey and chicken yourself and slice it thin for sandwiches.

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5 replies

dIDYMUS 2011-10-01 17:18:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info (I think). I gave up roast beef, pastrami, corned beef and all the other stuff I like to chicken and turkey. Even cheeses, unless they are lowfat. Pretty soon there won't be anything left except water. Thanks for the heads up. I guess I will eat tuna and peanut butter, until they find a bunch of mercury in the tuna?

bamagirlchp 2011-09-22 21:41:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info! I love my Bologna but if it's that bad I'll stay with the good stuff like chicken, tuna. Thanks again

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 21:58:37 -0500 Report

Bama girl, I am going to be in Michigan next week and hope the vinegar in the pickled bologna reduces the effects of some of the bad stuff. We do not get that out west.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 14:00:57 -0500 Report

Thank you Mays great post. I sometimes smoke my own fresh ham, pork sirloin roast, or turkey breast on my gas grill. I put one side on low with a pot of wood chips over it and put my meat on the other side in a low sided baking dish. I do not add salt or sugar but may add a bit of sage or spice. These are delicious.