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Study Suggests Sugar Is Worse Than Salt for Blood Pressure

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  • Added sugars, particularly fructose, in the US diet may be more strongly related to high blood pressure than salt
  • Cutting processed foods from your diet may benefit high blood pressure not only because it reduces salt, but more likely because it reduces sugar
  • Excess sugar in your diet increases blood pressure and heart rate and contributes to inflammation, insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction

By Dr. Mercola

One out of every three US adults has high blood pressure (hypertension). If you're among them, one of the first recommendations your physician probably gave you was to cut back on salt.

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