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    Salt or Sugar: What’s the Bigger Blood Pressure Threat?
    lisacolnett posted:
    Your pantry can be seen as a kind of medicine cabinet in your kitchen. Every ingredient contained behind its doors is a contributing factor to your health and wellness. Like any medicine, food can heal, but it also has the potential to cause adverse reactions.

    The other day, I was over at my friend's house, helping them cook dinner, and I walked into the pantry to find some spices. Situated on the top shelf, I saw a saltshaker next to a large container of sugar, and I began to wonder—what white crystal is worse for your heart?

    You see, science has scrutinized salt for years. Medical researchers have claimed salt and sodium consumption causes high blood pressure, also known as hypertension—which is a precursor for heart disease and stroke. Therefore, many doctors insist that reducing your salt intake can help lower high blood pressure—a condition that affects more than 67 million Americans.

    But what about sugar?
    Is Sugar Spiking Your Blood Pressure?

    New experimental and epidemiological evidence suggests that sugar may be the real culprit. There was a review published in the journal Open Heart. The researchers singled-out added sweeteners and sugars, and the monosaccharide fructose in particular, as a more severe risk factor than salt for hypertension and heart disease. Fructose and high-fructose corn syrup are common sweeteners in processed foods, especially with fruit juices and sodas.

    How do fructose sugars raise blood pressure? They lower fat sensitivity to insulin, which would stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. As a result, abnormally high insulin in the blood could lead to hypertension. Increased levels of methylglyoxal, and reduced ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate), may also result in high blood pressure. Overall, there is a strong link between diabetics and a high risk of high blood pressure. Insulin resistance is prevalent in as much as 80% of people with hypertension.
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    weho2013 responded:
    I have just been doing some research on this too. Thanks for your post.

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