A stroke occurs when a blood clot or ruptured blood vessel cuts the blood supply to a person’s brain. A person may be able to lower their risk of stroke by eating a healthy and balanced diet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that
This article explores the types of foods to eat and avoid to help reduce a person’s risk of stroke. It also provides other tips for stroke prevention.
People should speak with a doctor for further advice before significantly changing their diet, particularly if they are taking medications. Some foods can interact with medications.
The authors of a
Whole grain foods a person may wish to try include:
Some fruits people may wish to try include:
Many vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. A
Vegetables a person may wish to try include:
Research from 2017 indicated that higher dietary protein intake
Some healthy sources of protein include:
People who aim to lower their risk of stroke may consider limiting their intake of some foods.
Foods high in cholesterol
Having too much cholesterol in the blood can cause fatty deposits to build up in the arteries. These deposits can suddenly break off and form a blood clot that travels to the brain and causes a stroke.
Foods high in cholesterol include:
- full-fat dairy products
- red meat, including beef and pork
- processed meat, including bacon and sausage
- desserts such as cakes and other baked goods
The CDC note that foods high in cholesterol
Foods high in saturated fat
According to the
Saturated fats occur naturally, particularly in animal products. Foods containing saturated fat include:
Foods high in trans fats
Consuming foods high in trans fats can raise LDL cholesterol levels while reducing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. HDL cholesterol helps remove other types of cholesterol from the body, which is why some people call it “good” cholesterol.
Foods that are high in trans fats include:
- fried foods, such as doughnuts
- spreads, including margarine
- baked goods, such as cakes, frozen pizza, and cookies
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A number of foods may help to lower a person’s risk of stroke. People can decide to consume more fruits, vegetables, and lean meat while limiting foods high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats.
In addition, lifestyle modifications such as avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy weight may help.
A person should speak with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to their diet and lifestyle for further advice. This is particularly important for people taking medications or those living with health conditions.