The likelihood of stroke increases for those who eat a Southern diet. I’m Erin White and this is a dailyRx Minute. Fried chicken, ham, lots of butter and sweet tea are all staples of a traditional Southern diet. And although they may be tasty, southern foods can be very high in fat, salt and sugar. People who eat a southern-style diet have a 30% greater risk of stroke than those who do not. Stroke affects almost 6 million Americans every year. Ask your doctor how to reduce your stroke risk and for additional health news information about this story and others, click the related links below.