If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your well-meaning doctor probably told you to cut down on FAT and SALT!
But a new study published in American Journal of Cardiology reveals another common ingredient that’s much, much worse for blood pressure.
People who consume most of this ingredient have up to 76% higher blood pressure and are twice as likely to develop chronic hypertension than those who consume less.
The worst part is, you’re most definitely consuming this ingredient every day yourself.
We all know that sugar is related to risk of developing obesity, which in turn is a risk factor for hypertension. However, recently researchers have found that sugar can directly cause high blood pressure even if obesity is absent.
The study team gathered data on nearly 400,000 people from 12 previously published studies and analyzed them for common health trends.
What they discovered was that people who consume 3 or more sugary beverages (sodas, sugary fruit juices etc) had 26 to 76 percent higher blood pressure than those who drank little or no sweetened drinks. And they were almost twice as likely to develop chronic hypertension than non-sugar-drinkers.
The largest impact on high blood pressure was contributed by sugared drinks that have no other nutritional value (did someone say cola?).
So how exactly does sugar cause high blood pressure?
You see, sugar decreases the level of nitric oxide in the system, which is essential for dilation of blood vessels.
It also cause magnesium deficiency – essential mineral to manage blood pressure. When metabolizing sugar, magnesium is used up and ultimately the mineral gets depleted in the system.
High blood pressure is just one of many things sugar and high fructose corn syrup causes. It contributes to almost all progressive diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.