Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sugar-sweetened drinks cause higher blood pressure

New research just published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association concludes that soda and other drinks sweetened with sugar are associated with higher blood pressure. And the more sugar as well as sodium (also found in abundance in most sodas) people consumed, the higher blood pressure spiked upwards.

The International Study of Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure (dubbed INTERMAP, for short), found that research subjects who drank sugar-sweetened beverages daily had significantly higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure on average than folks who didn't imbibe the sweet drinks. Researchers found the highest blood pressure levels in people who consumed the most glucose and fructose -- both of these sweeteners are found in high-fructose corn syrup, which is the most common sugar sweetener used by the beverage industry. Read more...

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