For a long time, we’ve been told excess salt intake can lead to high blood pressure.
However, according to newly published research by Dr. James DiNicolantonio in the American Journal of Cardiology, the conventional belief that high dietary sodium intake likely triggers high blood pressure and excessive salt consumption leads to higher risk of stroke may not be correct.
In a study conducted on approximately 9,000 adults in the states of New York and Kansas, dietary sodium intake was not associated with high blood pressure; carbohydrate intake, however, was the major contributor to high blood pressure.
High sucrose levels affect your brain, which in turn accelerates your heart rate and aggravates your blood pressure.
Hence, researchers and scientists recommend lowering your sugar intake to effectively control blood pressure.
With the shocking amount of sugar that’s consumed around the world, this new research may cause many to consider a sugar-free diet, or at least to stick with the 25 g of sugar that the WHO recommends for a healthy adult.
But beware of artificial sweeteners. These modern chemical products are linked to cancer and diabetes. Try natural options like honey, stevia, and xylitol.
With research by Lauren and Monica