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 the 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 the risk of developing obesity, which in turn is a risk factor for hypertension.
In this study, however, researchers found that sugar 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 (e.g., sodas, sugary fruit juices) had 26–76 percent higher blood pressure than those who drank little or unsweetened drinks.
And they were almost twice as likely to develop chronic hypertension than nonsugar drinkers.
The largest impact on high blood pressure was contributed by sugared drinks that have no other nutritional value (did someone say cola?).