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Fructose Consumption May Increase Hypertension Risk

July 9, 2010 by  

Fructose consumption may increase hypertension risk Results of a recent University of Colorado at Denver study suggest that hypertensive individuals may be able to naturally lower their blood pressure by consuming a diet low in added fructose.

Over the last century processed food purveyors have begun adding more simple sugars to their products in an effort to add flavor. During this period the number of Americans suffering from high blood pressure has skyrocketed.

While the increased consumption of sodium has been linked to the rising prevalence of hypertension in several studies, very few research teams have looked into fructose’s role.

For the current study lead author Diana Jalal and her colleagues from the university’s Health Sciences Center recruited nearly 4,600 adults over the age of 18, and had them fill out dietary questionnaires regarding their average daily consumption of processed fruit juices, soft drinks, bakery products and candy.

After taking into account other risk factors the researchers found that individuals who consumed more than 72 grams of fructose each day were between 26 and 77 percent (depending upon the blood pressure threshold) more likely to be hypertensive than those who eat few foods containing added sugar.

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  • Richard Pawley

    Additionally, High Fructose Corn Syrup (made from unnatural GMO corn) is in vast amounts of what Americans consume. I go out of my way to avoid HFCS but I’ve found it even in over-the-counter medicines. All American jams, and sodas, and packaged cereals, and many breads, and ice creams, and salad dressings, and, well, there is not room, nor time, to list all the foods, cereals, etc. that have HFCS in them. Beet sugar too is now made from genetically altered sugar beets so I try to only eat things with cane sugar or honey. It is difficult to do. A little won’t kill you (and neither will a little arsenic) but good health is worth the effort. My wife likes to eat out but much of restaurant food is processed and many things have fructose in them too. I buy imported jams on sale (made without HFCS) and occasionally make my own. I even like a coke once in a while on a hot summer day but I pay extra at a few places like Sam’s Club that sells Coca-Cola from Mexico that comes in glass bottles and is made with old fashioned sugar, no corn syrup. It is the “Real” Classic Coke, made without HFCS, and a taste I remember from childhood. Some like vitamin water. It has no HFCS in it, sounds healthy, tastes good, but it has crystalline fructose in it – even worse. The only way a person should eat fructose is in raw fruit where you are getting all the other things, vitamins and minerals and micro-nutrients that help your body use what is in it. Health does not fall out of the sky. You could grow your own food but your beloved Socialist Congress is trying to pass a law that would affect even individuals who grow food just for themselves. Remember, you cannot eat what typical Americans eat and not get the diseases that typical Americans get. Now that the socialist head of Medicare and Medicaid, long an admirer of the British Health Care system has admitted that rationing of health care will be a necessity under the new Socialist health care plan, everyone needs to learn about how to eat right and stay healthy, because you can no longer count on what you used to count on under the new austerity measures that are coming as a result of the spend-till-you die Democrats. Of course for the past 25 years that hasn’t been much difference in the spending of Republicans either. If we are to save the USA we have known and loved we need to elect people who are as moral and honest as we are and not those who promise us the most. A country’s leaders are seldom much better than it’s citizens. We have one chance to save our country and that is in just over 125 days, the November election. If we can elect those who are approved, not by the their party, but by independent Tea Party Conservatives then we will have a chance of slowing this down. Otherwise…well, I wrote a whole book about otherwise. Did you see last month where our socialist Democratic government had a deficit of $166 THOUSAND MILLION DOLLARS in a single week? In other words in a single week they spent $166 billion dollars more than they took in. If they every intended to pay it back with anything other than inflation which they are trying furiously to create but not yet succeeding, it would take over 450 years to pay back that 166 Billion dollars if we could pay it back, interest free, at the rate of a million dollars a day! 450 YEARS for one weeks over-spending. Of course with interest it will never be paid back and the entire collapse of our world’s way of doing things is coming, although I cannot tell you when. Do you not see how the Socialist Democrats and the unions who will not budge and the FEDERAL government who will not reduce, can have no other intent but to crash the system so they can install a new one world money system after the world population has been reduced significantly from famine, war, and chaos? What other reason can there be for the Progressive Democrats to spend billions and now trillions until the EVENTUAL inflation of all that spending of the coupon money we call dollars will become a distant and distasteful memory? Eat well for better health, and vote well in November for the same reason. It could be your last chance to slow this sinking ship of an economy from going under. May God help us, no one else is going to do so.

    • Al Sieber

      Thanks for the information, I never could drink soda pop and I check the labels for HFCS and aspertane. beer or water is my choice.

  • JBR

    Actually HFCS has roughly the same composition as cane sugar—about half glucose and half fructose—and the same number of calories.

    • s c

      Wow, jbr. Richard got it right. You sound like a living ad for an international soda conglomerate.
      Stick to beer, wine or old malt scotch. They’re safer. HFCS puts your pancreas at risk, and makes tons of easy money for companies that make and sell that poison.

  • http://FarTooMuch.Info Russ Lemon

    It is true that HFCS is about 55% fructose and 45% glucose and is similar to cane sugar which is fructose & glucose combined with an ‘O’. But what they don’t tell you is that genetically modified corn provides other components not in cane sugar. Bt-corn contains a gene from bacillus thuringiensis that makes the Bt-toxin, [a pesticide] even after it is eaten. Bt-corn requires a large quantity of glyphosate [a herbicide] to grow. These toxins cause high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, liver & kidney damage, and may cause cancer. I believe that these toxins from Bt-corn are also in HFCS.

    Before I knew about these poisons, I went to the doctor and the nurse measure my blood pressure as 230/140, called the doctor who immediately gave me some pills to take. My next doctor doubled the dose. My next doctor increased the dose again and was very sick. Finally I read a web page of a lady who had the same symptoms as I. She made a stew for her and her husband and fed the remainder to her dog. Her dog almost died. She found out the corn in her stew was Bt-corn.

    By eliminating all Bt-corn, Bt-soy, Bt-cotton-seed & Bt-canola and products made from them [i.e. HFCS, maltodextrin, etc], aspartame, trans-oils & fats, & msg from my diet, I now have normal blood pressure with out any atenolol. It also greatly reduced the amount of medication I needed for type 2 diabetes. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you read ‘Seeds of Deception’ by Jeffery M. Smith. The Institute for Responsible Technology has a lot of useful information. They can be found at: .

    • TIME

      Great augmentation to the blog!
      After I was found to have cancer, I stopped eating all foods from the stores other than “RAW,” now its raw foods all the time and let me tell you when traveling its pain in the butt.

      BUT on the flip side I lost 65 lps from the cancer, and since changing my diet, its never come back and my Doc said I am the most healthy person he knows.
      I do admit I still have my M&M fix now and them, but other wise I don’t eat any pre made foods.


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