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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