High blood pressure is caused more by sugar consumption than salt intake


Image: High blood pressure is caused more by sugar consumption than salt intake

(Natural News)
Even scientists can bark up the wrong tree sometimes. For more than a century, they have pointed their fingers at salt as the main culprit in high blood pressure or hypertension that leads to kidney damage, stroke, and heart attack. Some have even described salt as “the single deadliest ingredient in your pantry.” And many doctors insist on eliminating salt entirely from one’s diet to reduce the number of cases of hypertension and save lives.

But turns out salt is not the real villain. In fact, limiting salt in the diet can raise your chances of developing a fatal heart problem, especially if the salt comes from a healthy source.

Researchers from Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City and Montefiore Medical Center in New York believe the benefits of doing away with sodium is “debatable”  since the relationship between salt and heart disease is murky. A meta-analysis by the non-profit Cochrane Collaboration revealed that moderate amounts of salt can’t lower the risk of dying from or developing cardiovascular disease.

The real culprit where hypertension is concerned is sugar, especially fructose or table sugar. This is the result of a compelling research published in the BMJ journal OpenHeart. The researchers discovered that getting 25 percent of your calories from sugar can triple the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Those who get 10 percent of their calories from sugar, on the other hand, don’t have the said problem.

The study authors also stressed that most dietary salt is derived from processed foods, which are also the biggest source of additional sugar. The researchers cited population studies and clinical trials that showed sugar has an effect on blood pressure. In particular, researchers point to fructose, which many studies point to as the reason for a damaged cardiovascular system. The research team explained that fructose can increase blood pressure significantly. Taking in over 74 grams of fructose a day leads to a 77 percent chance of getting blood pressure above 160/100 mm Hg. (Related: Sugar sweetened drinks increase heart disease and diabetes risk in women.)

Sponsored solution from CWC Labs: This heavy metals test kit allows you to test almost anything for 20+ heavy metals and nutritive minerals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and more. You can test your own hair, vitamins, well water, garden soil, superfoods, pet hair, beverages and other samples (no blood or urine). ISO accredited laboratory using ICP-MS (mass spec) analysis with parts per billion sensitivity. Learn more here.

Natural sugar in fruits and vegetables can do no harm. This means that you may add moderate amounts of natural sweeteners like honey, and maple syrup in your food if you want to improve its taste, without running the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Sadly, the consumption of sugar has grown by leaps and bounds.

Around 30o years ago, the average person took only a few pounds of sugar a year. When processed foods and high fructose corn syrup in sodas entered the picture, the average sugar consumption shot up to a whopping 77 to 152 pounds a year. That’s equivalent to around 24 to 47 teaspoons of sugar a day or around 83 grams of fructose. Today, around 13 percent of Americans get at least 25 percent of their total calories as added sugars.

Here are healthier, safer alternatives to processed sugar:

  • Coconut sugar – This is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. Coconut itself is considered a miracle food. Coconut sugar goes well with tea and coffee.
  • Date sugar – This comes from dried dates turned into powder. Date sugar doesn’t melt, so it’s ideal for baking.
  • Maple syrup – Its manganese and zinc contents help increase energy production and boost the immune system. Try substituting processed sugar with maple syrup for healthier results.
  • Raw honey –  Its natural ingredients fight bacteria, and strengthen the immune system. Raw honey is packed with antioxidants. It stabilizes blood pressure and aids in balancing blood sugar levels. Try adding some in tea to help treat a sore throat, or drizzle it on your oatmeal for a healthy breakfast.

You can’t eliminate sugar from your meals entirely.  Food will taste bland if you do. But you can have safer alternatives that will make you enjoy mealtimes without ruining your health.

Sources include:

Greenmedinfo.com

SpoonUniversity.com

BloodpressureUK.org

 

<!–

–>

Source Article from http://www.naturalnews.com/2018-05-08-high-blood-pressure-is-caused-more-by-sugar-consumption-rather-than-salt-intake.html

Related Posts
79 graves uncovered at Sugar Land construction site

SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) - The body count continues to rise in Sugar Land where unidentified human remains Read more

New Study Warns that Processed Sugar Consumption May be Dumbing Down Young Children

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times In recent years we’ve learned a great deal about the dangers of sugars, Read more

HIDDEN SUGAR DANGER: Breakfast blueberry muffins contain as much sugar as a can of Coke

(Natural News) You probably don’t think twice about reaching for a blueberry muffin when you want a Read more

Meet The Kid Who’s Never Eaten A Gram Of Sugar In Her Life – Here’s What She Looks Like Today

Next Story There is a good chance that many of you read the headline of this article and scoffed at Read more

Sugar taxes improve health of the poor, major study finds

Britain’s “sugar tax” will succeed in improving health among poorer people, the findings of a major international study Read more

Why monk fruit is the best sugar substitute yet discovered

(Natural News) It may be an understatement to say there is a large scale sugar addiction in Read more

Hits: 1

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “High blood pressure is caused more by sugar consumption than salt intake”

  1. SanityClaus says:

    The danger that Maple syrup poses is that it is pure glucose.
    It is released immediatly into the bloodstream.
    It does not taste double sweet as table sugar but it is.
    Table sugar is a double sugar that requires the liver to process the fructose half of the glucose/fructose pair.

Leave a Reply


The maximum upload file size: 28 MB.
You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, other.
Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded.

*

Powered by WordPress | Designed by: Premium WordPress Themes | Thanks to Themes Gallery, Bromoney and Wordpress Themes