High Blood Pressure? Check Your Sugary Drink Intake

More bad news for soft drinks.

Last month, we told you that the intake of diet soda pop was linked to higher risk of heart attack and stroke. But as it turns out, regular soda pop isn’t so hot for you, either. In fact, consumption of any drink sweetened with glucose/fructose is linked to high blood pressure, says a study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The study looked at over 2,600 Americans and Britons and studied their diets, blood pressure, urine and other factors over the course of four days. The results were clear: For every sugary drink consumed per day, participants also showed an average increase in overall calorie intake, BMI and most crucially, blood pressure. For every serving of sugary drinks the participants consumed per day, there was a significant impact in both systolic and diastolic readings (+1.6 and +0.8, respectively).

The study, while by no means conclusive, should come as no surprise. One 355 mL can of ginger ale sweetened with glucose/fructose contains 130 calories, and not much else – no vitamins, minerals or any other redeeming ingredients. The study also had its limitations, including the fact that they allowed participants to report their own dietary intake and only followed them for a short period of time. Still, it’s not a stretch by any means to say that sugary drinks aren’t good for your blood pressure or anything else.

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Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova5 years ago

Thank you for the article. It is really useful to know all about these.

Edith B.
Edith B.5 years ago

No one in my family had a weight problem growing up because our mother restricted the amount of goodies we ate. We were allowed one soft drink a week, a great treat on Saturday. All our sweets were home made, not store products, thus, no preservatives or added chemicals. I realize not every one has the time to bake cookies or make candy at home, but maybe we should look back and see what works for our kids.

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Sumit jamadar
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Heather Williams
.5 years ago

That's something new to me. But it's good to know.

Jay Evas
Jay Evas5 years ago

soda sucks, go anti soda today!.
fresh juices are the way to go. but cut out the skin first as there can be chemicals still on them that would be pressed into yourr juices.

angie j.
angie j.5 years ago

we are what we eat and drink!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago

"Pick Your Poison".... sadly, we Americans have too many "poisons" to pick from