Eating a lot of foods and drinks sweetened with fructose significantly raises the risk of having high blood pressure, U.S. researchers said. The study, conducted at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, appears in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The researchers studied diet surveys of 4,528 U.S. adults older than 18 who had no history of high blood pressure or hypertension.
People who took in 74 grams of fructose a day or more about 2.5 sugary drinks had a 28% increased risk of high blood pressure and a 77% higher risk of extreme high blood pressure.
The Corn Refiners Association objected to the study, saying researchers overestimated the amount of fructose in drinks. The American Beverage Association also objected.