If you have high blood pressure, you’re probably tired of hearing your doctor warn you off of salt, salt and more salt.
Well, you should know that salt is not the enemy it was once thought to be. In fact, the culprit you should be most concerned about is one your doctor hardly ever mentions when you visit…
A new study published in the British Journal of Medicine’s publication, Open Heart, on the impact the foods we eat have on cardiovascular risk found that “compelling evidence from basic science, population studies, and clinical trials implicates sugars, and particularly the monosaccharide fructose, as playing a major role in the development of hypertension.”
This is concerning because much of the processed and packaged foods and drinks Americans consume are laden with sugars and many are “hidden” in such terms as fructose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, and others.
The worst sweetener
In their research, the study scientists found that fructose was the worst culprit among factors that impact high blood pressure.
The reason is that fructose is the sugar most commonly found within our processed and packaged foods and drinks. While sucrose is also found in these food sources, it is made up of equal parts fructose and glucose. However, high fructose corn syrup is often made up of 55 percent fructose to 45 percent glucose but its ratio can skew as much as 80/20.
This makes it nearly twice the fructose as sucrose (table sugar) and much more difficult for the body to metabolize!
According to the research report, “evidence from epidemiological studies and experimental trials in animals and humans suggests that added sugars, particularly fructose, may increase blood pressure and blood pressure variability, increase heart rate and myocardial oxygen demand, and contribute to inflammation, insulin resistance and broader metabolic dysfunction.”
When you consider obesity, metabolic syndrome and systemic inflammation as among the killers of quality of life, do you need more evidence to cut out packaged foods and drinks and go natural?
High blood pressure is a contributor to cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of preventive, premature death in the developed world. That is no simple statement, as it speaks volumes to the way we in the so-called “modern first world” preserve and consume our food.
While history has focused on salt as a main dietary component of cause and prevention of high blood pressure, the latest finding point to sugars in processed foods, especially to fructose. And so in addition to avoiding or seriously limiting intake of sugars and processed foods for weight management, it’s obviously imperative for prevention of cardiovascular disease, too.
If you haven’t made the plunge to eating organic whole foods, summer is the best time to give it a go. Your local farmer’s market is likely bulging with delicious home-grown — and sugar-free — foods that would have a positive effect on your blood pressure and your overall health.
via: INFORMATION NIGERIA