‘Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs’ author will deliver Charleston lecture on food shaming | Raskin Around

A “Southern diet” is at least partially to blame for the high rate of hypertension among black men, according to a study published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham say steady consumption of “fried foods, organ meats, processed meats, egg and egg dishes, added fats, high-fat dairy foods, sugar-sweetened beverages and bread” explains why black men are more likely than white men to develop high blood pressure.

But the study’s findings were immediately disputed by champions of African-American cuisine, who pointed out that the narrow definition of Southern food maligns their culinary heritage.


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