Tuesday, July 6, 2010

High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Raise Your Blood Pressure

The commercials are wrong: high-fructose corn syrup is bad for you.

No, really bad. That's according to the results of a new study.

Unlike sucrose - which comes from sugar cane and beets - fructose, which is made from corn, can raise your uric acid levels.

So what?

Elevated uric acid levels can set off a hormone, called angiotensin II, that makes blood vessels contract. This can increase your blood pressure, say researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

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