According to this study, people who eat a diet high in fructose (aka 93% of America), are at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure.
Analyzing data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the researchers studied 4528 adult Americans with no history of high blood pressure.
Median fructose intake was 74 grams of fructose per day, corresponding to 2.5 sugary soft drinks each day.
After adjustment for demographics, comorbidities,physical activity, total kilocalorie intake, and dietary confounders such as total carbohydrate, alcohol, salt, and vitamin C intake,those test subjects with a fructose intake of more than 74 grams per day were much more likely to have higher blood pressure levels.
In fact, the heavy fructose users were:
- 26% more likely to have a BP of 135/85
- 30% more likely to have a BP of 140/90
- 77% more likely to have a BP of 160/100
And remember, 120/80 is supposed to be a normal BP reading.
If you’re trying to lower your high blood pressure, cut back on the fructose.
And while you’re at it, don’t think that replacing fructose (HFCS – corn syrup) with plain ole’ cane sugar is much better for your BP..