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For Blood Pressure, Sugar May Be Worse Than Salt

Processed foods are high in sugar as well as salt and can contribute to high blood pressure.

When public health authorities give dietary recommendations to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, they usually focus on salt. We are all advised to cut our sodium intake.

Two scientists point out that most of the salt in our diets comes from processed foods, which are also high in sugar.

They suggest that sugars, particularly fructose, may be just as responsible as salt for boosting blood pressure and conclude that the public should be warned to stay away from such foods and sugar-sweetened beverages.

[Open Heart, December 10, 2014]

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Although high glucose levels may contribute to high blood pressure, no verified data was presented in the reference. It seems like a scientific study to confirm or deny this seems warranted. The two scientists link the increased consumption of processed foods to higher blood pressure. There are many other possible explanations to the population wide increase in blood pressure.

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