Eating a healthy and well balanced diet can help keep your blood pressure down and your risk for heart disease down, as well, keeping you in good heart health. One of the main ingredients to keep to a minimum if not completely out of your diet, is sugar. Consuming too much sugar can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk for heart disease.
Lowering your sugar intake by just a serving can lower your blood pressure significantly. Research has actually shown that people who have lowered their sugar intake by eliminating one sugar filled beverage a day, lowered their blood pressure greatly after just 18 months. This is a huge deal because having high blood pressure can actually lead to a heart attack and/or stroke.
You can lower your sugar intake by avoiding high amounts of high fructose corn syrup. This form of sugar is usually hidden in a lot of common foods. For example fructose corn syrup can be found in items, such as ketchup, which also means tomato sauces, crackers, and all soft drinks. Research has been known to show that people who consume 74 grams or more of high fructose corn syrup daily, were 28 percent more likely to have high blood pressure. A good way to add sweetness to your food without the guilt, is by using a natural sweetener. You can also avoid consuming a lot of alcohol, which contains a lot of sugar.
Do you snack a lot throughout the day? If so, try eating more small meals during the day and avoid snacking, which can lead to choosing something quick and easy, but will contain a lot of sugar. If you must snack during the day, try choosing fruit or yogurt as a snack instead of cookies, crackers, or chips.
Avoiding sugar and sticking to a healthy, well-balanced diet can help you remain in good heart health and keep your blood pressure levels down.