According to a news source, research presented this week during a scientific meeting in San Diego, California, found that more than 4,500 adults who ate or drank more than 74 grams per day of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) increased their risks of developing high blood pressure. Apparently, that level of consumption led to a 28 percent, 36 percent and 87 percent increased risk for blood pressure levels of 135/85, 140/90 and 160/100. The authors reportedly concluded, “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 U.S. adult population with no previous history of hypertension.”

Additional research will reportedly be needed to learn if low-HFCS diets can normalize blood pressure and prevent the development of hypertension. The findings were presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition. See, October 30, 2009.

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