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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Added sugar more harmful for heart than salt

Washington: A new study has revealed that added sugars likely to have
greater role than saltin high blood pressure and heart disease.

According to the researchers, dietary approaches to lower high blood
pressure have historically focused on cutting salt intake. But the
potential benefits of this approach "are debatable,", because the
average reductions in blood pressure achieved by restricting salt
intake tend to be relatively small, and there is some evidence to
suggest that 3-6 g salt daily may be optimal for health, and that
intake below 3 g may actually be harmful.

The study also pointed out that most salt in the diet comes from
processed foods, which also happen to be a rich source of added sugars
and sugar may be much more meaningfully related to blood pressure than
sodium, as suggested by a greater magnitude of effect with dietary

They point the finger in particular to high fructose corn syrup, which
is the most frequently used sweetener in processed foods, particularly
fruit-flavoured and fizzy drinks.

The evidence suggests that people whose dietary intake of added sugars
adds up to at least a quarter of their total daily calories have
almost triple the cardiovascular disease risk of those who consume
less than 10 percent.

And a daily intake of more than 74 g of fructose is associated with a
30 percent greater risk of blood pressure above 140/90 mm Hg and a 77
percent increased risk of blood pressure above 160/100 mm Hg.

A high fructose diet has also been linked to an unfavourable blood fat
profile, higher fasting blood insulin levels, and a doubling in the
risk of metabolic syndrome.

Credit: ANI

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