August 02, 2012

High Fructose Intake in Men May Result in Higher Blood Pressure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A diet high in Fructose found in sweetened soft drinks and junk food raises blood pressure among men, according to research.

One of two studies released provided the first evidence that fructose helps raise blood pressure. The second study, which measured fructose intake in mice, suggested that people who consume junk foods and sweetened soft drinks at night could gain weight faster than those who don't, and had higher stress hormone levels.

"These results suggest that excessive fructose intake may have a role in the worldwide epidemic of obesity and diabetes," said Dr. Richard Johnson of the University of Colorado-Denver, who studied the link between blood pressure and men.

Fructose accounts for about half the sugar molecules in table sugar and the sweetener used in many diet foods. The American Heart Association says women should eat no more than 100 calories of added processed sugar per day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while most men should keep it to just 150 calories or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams).

On average we consume 22 teaspoons (90 grams) or 355 calories of added sugar each day.

Article provided by Mrs. Mireille Corbani, Chief Clinical Dietitian and Owner of Le Gabarit Diet Center.

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