The mainstream has stumbled upon this crazy idea that sugar may be a risk factor for heart disease.
No kidding! Maybe for an encore, they’ll discover that rain is wet, grass is green and sugar kills more Americans than any other food ingredient in history.
The latest study is at least a start.
Researchers checked the sugar habits of 4,528 American adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2003 and 2006. Then, they calculated the effect of added sugars from fructose — not to be confused with the natural fructose in, say, an apple — on blood pressure.
And they found that those who gobbled down the most added sugar also had the highest blood pressure, according to the study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In fact, those who polluted themselves with 74 grams of added sugar or more a day were 77 percent more likely to have blood pressure levels of 160/100 or greater.
You don’t have to try very hard to suck back 74 grams of fructose from added sugar a day. It’s so easy that half the volunteers in the study were getting at least that much, which is the amount in 2.5 20-ounce bottles of Coke… or what some people have with lunch.
But really, you’d have to be a cola executive to doubt any of this, because repeated studies have reached similar conclusions: High-carb diets lead to high blood pressure, and low-carb diets lead to lower blood pressure.
There’s simply no healthy role for sugar in a human diet. Your body just doesn’t need it — and the risks of ingesting it go far beyond high blood pressure and a risk for heart disease. It’ll make you fat, weak, diabetic and — eventually — dead as a doornail.
The mainstream is coming around on the link to high blood pressure. Don’t wait for them to come around on the rest of this.
By then, it could be too late for you.