Frequent soda consumption can lead to hypertension.: image via HubPages.comSugar is the last 'food group' I want to give up, believe me. But it seems that no matter what health problem is being investigated lately, they find sugar as a major contributor. Not surprisingly, this time it's hypertension. Hypertension has a blue ribbon in heart disease, stroke, aneurism, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases and events.
Though hypertension is a chronic condition, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center experimented with the immediate effects of fructose, a type of sugar commonly found in processed foods (whether they taste sweet or not). Following on the heels of a study that showed that women who drank two or more cans of soda a day were at high risk for kidney disease, the Colorado researchers tried to learn the effects of two cans of soda on blood pressure.
Keep in mind that normal blood pressure is at or below 120/80 - at least that's considered ideal blood pressure. The researchers found that in a group of 4500 persons with no prior indication of high blood pressure, 2.5 cans of soda (containing about 74 grams of fructose) put them at a 26 percent higher risk for blood pressure levels of 135/85, a 30 percent higher risk for blood pressure levels of 140/90, and a 77 percent higher risk for levels at or above 160/100.
Fructose and all simple sugars are bad for you - whether you drink them in sodas or eat them in the most succulent chocolate truffle in the world. If you want to live long and healthy, give up sugar and salt, exercise regularly, cut out hard alcohol, keep learning new things, and meditate.
Life will be boring without sugar for most of us; I may even go so far as to say 'hardly worth living.' So if you really want to make a fortune with an invention, create something that looks, acts, and tastes like sugar but has no bad effect on anything... including the environment, of course.
Natural Medicine, RXPGNews