Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been under fire recently for proposing a ban on large-sized sugary drinks in New York.
But is it a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater or does research support the efforts?
The news out of New York is unrelated to a recent study from the University of Maryland Medical Center that looked at a fruit sugar known as fructose. But the timing of the release is a strange coincidence.
Researchers that followed more than 200,000 people for up to 3 decades across 3 different studies recorded the health and eating habits of people who were not diagnosed with hypertension at the start of the study.
The participants who drank a sugary drink every day showed a 13% increase in the likelihood of developing high blood pressure compared to peers who did not.
However, those who consumed the same amount of fructose from fruits were at no greater risk (and in fact at less risk) than those who consumed small amounts of fructose.
The difference is tentatively being looked at as the source of the fructose and the higher amounts being consumed in the larger, sugary drinks.
Put simply, sugars from refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup is bad for your high blood pressure while fructose from fruits is good. Those with type 2 diabetes still have to apply caution with any kind of sugars.
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