Friday, November 13, 2009

High Fructose Corn Syrup: A Recipe for Hypertension

A diet high in fructose increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. Cutting back on processed foods and beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may therefore help prevent hypertension.

Over the last 200 years, the rate of fructose intake has directly paralleled the increasing rate of obesity. Obesity has increased sharply in the last 20 years since the introduction of HFCS. Today, Americans consume 30 percent more fructose than they did 20 years ago, and up to four times more than 100 years ago.

Researchers examined more than 4,500 adults with no prior history of hypertension. Fructose intake was calculated based on a dietary questionnaire. People who ate or drank more than 74 grams per day of fructose (2.5 sugary soft drinks per day) greatly increased their risk of developing hypertension.

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