For decades, doctors warned of salt being a culprit in hypertension, or high blood pressure. Now it looks like certain forms of sugar are also to blame for high blood pressure.
A recent study has shown that people who drink 2.5 or more cans of soda (non-diet) per day or eat an equivalent amount of fructose have a 30% increased risk of high blood pressure. Fructose is naturally found in fruit, but in this form it is accompanied by vitamins and phytonutrients, as well as fiber, and its effects are not considered harmful. It is when it is refined into high fructose corn syrup that it becomes a hazard.
No one is exactly sure why this correlation between high fructose intake and high blood pressure is the case or even if it is a causal association. Data coming from asking people about their diets is notoriously unreliable. It is also hard to get an exact measure of fructose grams based on diet reports.
However, in my mind, none of this matters - who cares just how bad high fructose corn syrup is? Are you really going to take this information to mean, "oh, good - now I can have 2.25 sodas a day and not ever have to worry about my blood pressure?" I certainly hope not.
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone, anyone at all, who would argue that it is good for you, or even neutral. It is simply harmful to health and should be avoided. This does not mean that you can NEVER have anything containing high fructose corn syrup - it means that you should do what you can to limit your consumption of this ingredient.
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