Increased Fructose = Higher Blood Pressure
While this shouldn’t be much of a shock to you, even a modest consumption of 74 grams per day of fructose (about 2 1/2 regular soft drinks) has been associated with increased odds of having blood pressure over 140/90.
How can parents help? By making sure their children have limited access to soft drinks and sweetened beverages – at school and at home. Take those bottles of soda out of the refrigerator and replace them with 100% fruit juices, which have the vital nutrients growing kids need – and far less of the corn syrup, sugar and other empty calories found in sodas. They may complain a bit, but in the long run, they’ll probably thank you for it.
The findings were reported in a paper recently presented at the annual meeting of The American Society of Nephrology. Researchers studied 4,528 U.S. adults to see what impact high-fructose foods and beverages had on their blood pressure.