High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes High Blood Pressure

By Christian Goodman

WebMD recently reported that high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks can drive up your blood pressure, even if you're otherwise healthy, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center in Aurora, Colorado.

A researcher named Diana Jalal, MD has said "High fructose intake is linked to high blood pressure,".

The amount of soda that it takes to cause you high blood pressure is two and half sugary soft drink per day. This is said by researcher Jalal

The study examined 4,528 adults, all age 18 or older, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2003 and 2006. None of the participants had a history of high blood pressure. Participants were surveyed about diet, and fructose intake was estimated based on answers about consumption of soft drinks, fruit juices, candy, and other types of foods. The researchers did not include the natural fructose from fruits in this study. Natural fructose is not harmful because other substances (like antioxidants) in whole fruits counteract any harmful effects. The study found that the median fructose intake was 74 grams per day - approximately 2.5 sugary soft drinks a day.

The researchers controlled for factors like age, activity levels, caloric intake, and salt intake, and they still found an association between high fructose intake and high blood pressure. Participants who had a daily fructose intake of 74 grams or more had a 36 higher risk of having high blood pressure.

Dr Jalal, MD elaborated this by saying "We know that fructose has the potential to reduce nitric oxide production within the blood vessels,". "Nitric oxide relaxes the vessel and is supposed to lower blood pressure. Fructose reduces the production of nitric oxide and makes it difficult for the vessels to relax and dilate."

Kidney eliminates very less salt when the uric acid increase in the blood. All this likes of increase in blood pressure, kidney eliminating less salt is caused by by fructose.

"It's important to remember that this is an abstract presented at a scientific meeting. It is not a published, peer-reviewed paper where the study, the data and the results and conclusions have undergone the rigors of peer review. There is nothing unique about soft drinks and/or high fructose corn syrup when it comes to risk for high blood pressure." This has been commented by Maureen storey from the American Beverage Association.

Fructose is a type of sugar naturally present in fruits. Despite the comment from the beverage association, several studies suggest that refined fructose products, such as high fructose corn syrup, do indeed present unique health problems. Another recent study found that many samples of high fructose corn syrup on the market are contaminated with mercury!

Most of these foods including soft drinking just brings in empty calories. You will see immediate benefits once you stop drinking soft drinks. IF you are an addict for soft drinks then you can search for soft drinks that is still made with natural sugar to avoid intake of fructose corn syrup. Even though the research is still ongoing at present the best thing to do is to avoid refined fructose altogether to reduce the risk of getting high blood pressure. In this case the products you need to avoid are soft drinks, fruit juices, baked goods, and candies.

In general, you should try to avoid all artificial, processed foods. Opt for natural foods, and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. If you're at risk for high blood pressure or have high blood pressure, you should also exercise regularly. Think of exercise as your medicine! But exercise doesn't have to be strenuous. It can be relatively easy. To learn more about how you can reduce your stress levels and lower your blood pressure naturally, see this set of easy high blood pressure exercises.

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