The medical establishment continues to be wrongly obsessed with the link between blood pressure and salt intake, which only raises blood pressure about 1 point. A study in the journal Hypertension shows that the white powder they should really be concerned about is sugar — because sugar raises blood pressure three times more than salt!
Researchers analyzed health data from nearly 2,700 people in the U.S and the U.K. They found that those who drank the most sugary drinks had the highest blood pressure. Each additional sugary drink — either soda or fruit drink — raised systolic blood pressure by 1.6 mm/Hg. (Diet sodas didn't have the same effect.)
And the worse kind of sugar was fructose. Those with the highest intake of fructose had systolic pressure levels that were on average 3 to 4 points higher.
The bottom line is that drinking just one sugary soda has more impact on your blood pressure than all the salt you eat in a day!
"Sugary Drinks Could Boost BP," Medpage Today
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.