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High Fructose Corn Syrup Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:01pm

High fructose corn syrup is one of those mystery ingredients you see listed on a number of food products you purchase. Unfortunately, in addition to not knowing what this sweetener actually is, you might be completely unaware of the negative impact that it can have on your body. Such impact can include suffering from high blood pressure which is a main reason why avoiding products with high fructose corn syrup is recommended.


Per the consensus at the American Society of Nephrology’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition, it was advised that avoiding the ingestion of HFC would dramatically lower the risks of developing high blood pressure (hypertension).

However, more and more people are ingesting HFC at a rate far beyond than in the past. One reason for this is that high fructose corn syrup is found in scores of processed junk foods and beverages. Since more young adults are making such junk food a staple of their diet, the negative impact of corn syrup is becoming quite big.

Based on the study at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, it was discovered that an increase of 74 grams of HFC led to a significant increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Now, you may assume that 74 grams represents a lot of food and drink.  Actually, it’s merely 2 cans of soda. The significant impact of hypertension is not difficult to develop if you make that amount of high fructose corn syrup a significant part of your diet.

Based on the study, even those with no prior history of hypertension found themselves at risk. On the other hand, those that lower and normalize their ingestion of high fructose corn syrup will decrease their risk of high blood pressure.

What are your thoughts on HFC? Post them below!

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