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Study Shows Allopurinol Helps Fight Hypertension for People on a High-Sugar Diet

American Heart Association Recommendations continued...

The American Heart Association reached the same conclusion in guidelines published last month.

The group recommends that:

  • Women eat no more than 25 grams (100 calories) of added sugar per day, which is equivalent to about six teaspoons. 
  • Men should eat no more than 37.5 grams (150 calories) of added sugar, which is equivalent to nine teaspoons. 
  • Foods high in added sugars should not take the place of foods that contain essential nutrients.

"Sugar has no nutritional value other than to provide calories," University of Vermont professor of nutrition Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, notes in a written statement.

She adds that soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the No.1 source of added sugar in the typical American's diet.

American Heart Association spokeswoman Rhian M. Touyz, MD, PhD, of the University of Ottawa, characterized the new research linking fructose to high blood pressure as intriguing but not conclusive in an interview with WebMD.

"It is clear that we need larger studies to confirm this association," she says. "We know that eating lots of sugar contributes to obesity, but we can't say with certainty that it has a direct impact on blood pressure."

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