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Sugar's Scary Side Effects


Another reason why sugar surely is the devil’s candy: Consuming fructose, which is commonly found in soda and junk food, can cause your blood pressure to jump—and stay high.

Note that fructose accounts for about half the sugar molecules in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

When scientists in Spain gave 74 men 200 grams of fructose per day for two weeks on top of their regular diet (an amount well above the average daily intake of about 70 grams), the men experienced increases of six millimeters in systolic blood pressure—the top reading—and about three millimeters in diastolic blood pressure. It took two months before for their blood pressure readings to return to normal.

For more, read the study summary.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Health, Disease, Food