Scientific Study Connects Hypertension to Consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup

December 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Soft Drinks/High Blood Pressure

In a study conducted from 2003 – 2006, a significant link between the intake of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and high blood pressure was found. Though there has been an understanding that hypertension may be correlated to increasing obesity rates and fructose/HFCS use, there have not been consistent findings that support this argument until now.

The study examined a wide variety of adults representing the US population. They worked with 4,528 adults, 18 years of age or older, who had no history of hypertension. Through a dietary questionnaire, they tracked fructose intake from fruit juices, soft drinks, bakery products and candy. The researchers found that people who consumed more than 74 grams per day of fructose (2.5 sugary soft drinks a day) were at increased risk of developing hypertension. See link for details:

The study’s authors concluded that, “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 population with no previous history of hypertension.”

Source: The Insider….