When it comes to heart health, diet and exercise are paramount. Here at EraseDisease.com we incessantly talk about these two subjects: diet and exercise. Even if you have a family history of cardiovascular issues and are in a high risk category for heart disease you can still manage your heart health proactively with diet and exercise.
A recent study out of the University of California, Davis, found that drinks with high fructose corn syrup can dramatically increase an individual’s risk for heart disease.
In the UC Davis study, heart disease risk factors increased as the dose of high fructose corn syrup went up, but even those who consumed the smallest level of added sugars, 10%, exhibited increase risk. Additionally, researchers noted that increases in risk factors were greater in men than women, and that they happened whether or not the person gained weight.
Previous Sugar Studies
Just last year a study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal found that participants who took 25 percent or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diet included less than 10 percent added sugar.
It is not known exactly how sugar affects cardiovascular health, but researchers speculate that sugar raises blood pressure and may also stimulate the liver to dump more harmful fats into the bloodstream, both factors directly associated with heart disease risk.
The most common source of high fructose corn syrup is soda and sports drinks. Unfortunately going with diet sodas or low sugar soda does not benefit you as much as you would probably like. Your best bet to trying to maintain low blood pressure and avoid cardiovascular issues is to not drink sodas or sports drinks at all.
Some of the studies conducted on high fructose corn syrup also accounted for increasing fruits and vegetables to potentially counteract the effect of too much sugar. Unfortunately you cannot counterbalance too much sugar with more heart healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
The healthiest option for anyone looking to maintain low blood pressure and avoid heart attack risk factors is to simply eat healthy, take your supplements and exercise.