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Western diet hikes stroke risk, study finds

Friday, July 2, 2004 Posted: 2:36 PM EDT (1836 GMT)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Add stroke to the list of health problems caused by a Western diet rich in red meat, white flour and sugar, researchers have said.

A study of more than 71,000 nurses found those who ate a "prudent" diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and whole grains were less likely to have strokes than nurses eating a more typical American diet.

Writing Thursday in the journal Stroke, the team at the Harvard School of Public Health said its study was the first to examine overall dietary habits and stroke risk.

Article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/diet.fitness/07/02/western.diet.reut/index.html