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We hear a lot about cutting down on salt to help keep our blood pressure in check, but there may be a bigger menace lurking out there. Processed foods are a major source of salt in the American diet, but such foods also contain a lot of added sugar. 

“Sugar may be much more meaningfully related to blood pressure than sodium,” said the authors of a new study. They pointed to high-fructose corn syrup as particularly troublesome. “Sugars in general, and fructose in particular, may contribute to overall cardiovascular risk through a variety of mechanisms.” 

We’ve rounded up some healthier sweeteners here: http://www.tasteforlife.com/sugar-alternatives

Sources: 

“Added Sugars Likely to Have Greater Role than Salt in High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease,” British Medical Journal, 12/10/14

Contributor: 

Alan Siddal