A diet high in the dietary acid fructose increases the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, California. The findings suggest that cutting back on processed acidic foods and beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may help prevent hypertension.
Over the last 200 years, the rate of the acid fructose intake has directly paralleled the increasing rate of obesity, which has increased sharply in the last 20 years since the introduction of HFCS. Today, Americans consume 30% more fructose than 20 years ago and up to four times more than 100 years ago, when obesity rates were less than 5%. While this increase mirrors the dramatic rise in the prevalence of hypertension, studies have been inconsistent in linking excess acidic fructose in the diet to hypertension.
Diana Jalal, MD (University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center), and her colleagues studied the issue in a large representative population of US adults. They examined 4,528 adults 18 years of age or older with no prior history of hypertension. Fructose intake was calculated based on a dietary questionnaire, and foods such as fruit juices, soft drinks, bakery products, and candy were included.
Bottom-line according to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living Center, “there are NO safe dietary levels of the acid fructose. Fructose is a toxic acid from the fermentation of corn and other high sugar fruits that will compromise the delicate pH balance of the body and set the stage for sickness and dis-ease. If you want to be healthy stay away from ALL sugars including the fruit sugar fructose. You will live longer and healthier.”