Previous research suggests that excessive fructose consumption elevates blood pressure and is linked to obesity, insulin resistance, and dyslipidaemia, all of which are detrimental to cardiometabolic health. However, the majority of epidemiological research looks at high-fructose corn syrup, therefore this cohort study looked at the relationship between sucrose-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption and the development of hypertension in Norway.
This study found that SSB intake is associated with an increased risk of hypertension in women followed from pregnancy to up to 10 years after delivery, and that the association was stronger in low risk (normotensive during pregnancy, normal body mass index and with low sodium to potassium ratio) than in high-risk groups.
Based on the findings of this study, do you believe we should lower the recommended sugar intake below the current 10% of total calorie intake?
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