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Sugary Foods As Well As Salt May Increase Blood Pressure

Posted Jul 06 2010 12:00am

We all know that a diet high in salt and sodium can increase blood pressure into the danger zone. Now, researchers are reporting that eating too many sweets and/or drinking too much soda may have a similar effect. People who consume a diet high in fructose, a type of sugar and a key ingredient in high-fructose corn syrup, are more likely to have high blood pressure according to a new study. The research found drinking 2.5 cans or more of non-diet soda per day or consuming an equivalent amount of fructose from other foods increases your risk of hypertension by at least 30%. Moreover, the increased risk appears to be independent of other dietary habits, including sodium, carbohydrate, and overall calorie intake.

The researchers followed 4500 adults with no history of high blood pressure over a four-year  period. People who consumed more than the average amount were more likely to have high blood pressure than people who consumed less, the researchers found. Above-average fructose intake increased the likelihood of having blood pressure above 140/90 and 160/100 mmHg by 30% and 77%, respectively. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or below, while anything above 140/90 is considered high.

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