Recent studies have indicated that dietary guidelines for treating hypertension and subsequent cardiovascular disease should focus on reducing the amount of sugar, primarily fructose, consumed rather than on salt intake.
According to the study’s research team, “Compelling evidence from basic science, population studies, and clinical trials implicates sugars, and particularly the monosaccharide fructose, as playing a major role in the development of hypertension.
Leading researchers have come to the conclusion that “cutting salt intake to regulate blood pressure is highly debatable.” Since high fructose corn syrup is the most common sweetener used in processed foods and beverages, it’s no wonder high blood pressure is so common.
“Moreover, evidence suggests that sugars in general, and fructose in particular, may contribute to overall cardiovascular risk through a variety of mechanisms. Worldwide, sugar sweetened beverage consumption has been implicated in 180,000 deaths a year,” researchers expressed.
So have we been looking at the wrong enemy once again? Very likely we are. Besides that sodium or salt is only a negative dietary factor if the diet is very deficient in potassium as potassium offsets or balances sodium intake.
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