Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Hypertension

It is not just salt affecting your blood pressure (BP) anymore.  A study conducted by the University of Colorado shows that too much sugar, specifically from high-fructose corn syrup can increase the risk of hypertension.  The study found that consumption of 74 grams of fructose per day (2.5 sodas or sugary drinks) resulted in a 28% increased risk of high BP.  The consumption of high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup are consistent with poor dietary habits, which may also contribute to high BP.  The American Beverage Association and Corn Refiners Association obviously had specific issues with the study.  It is common knowledge however that reducing excessive intake of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is beneficial to your health.

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