Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fructose Linked to High Blood Pressure

For decades, doctors warned of salt being a culprit in hypertension, or high blood pressure. Now it looks like certain forms of sugar are also to blame for high blood pressure.

A recent study has shown that people who drink 2.5 or more cans of soda (non-diet) per day or eat an equivalent amount of fructose have a 30% increased risk of high blood pressure. Fructose is naturally found in fruit, but in this form it is accompanied by vitamins and phytonutrients, as well as fiber, and its effects are not considered harmful. It is when it is refined into high fructose corn syrup that it becomes a hazard.

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