Scientists studied the issue in a large representative population of US adults. They examined 4,528 adults 18 years of age or older with no prior history of hypertension. Fructose intake was calculated based on a dietary questionnaire, and foods such as fruit juices, soft drinks, bakery products, and candy were included.
The team found that people who ate or drank more than 74 grams per day of fructose (2.5 sugary soft drinks per day) increased their risk of developing hypertension. Specifically, a diet of more than 74 grams per day of fructose led to a 28%, 36%, and 87% higher risk for blood pressure levels of 135/85, 140/90, and 160/100 mmHg, respectively.
"Normal" blood pressure is said to be a reading of around 120/80 millimetres (mmHg) depending on age.
The authors concluded
"These results indicate that high fructose intake in the form of added sugars is significantly and independently associated with higher blood pressure levels in the US adult population with no previous history of hypertension."
High fructose corn syrup is used to sweeten many foods and soft drinks. It is a non-natural, refined product made from mostly genetically-modified corn. Research has found that sustained regular intake of it leads to a damaged pancreas (leading to diabetes), obesity, liver damage and other illnesses.
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