High Fructose Intake May Raise Blood Pressure
Study Shows Link, but Not Everyone Is Convinced
Beverage Industry Response
The beverage industry isn't convinced. ''It's important to remember
that this is an abstract presented at a scientific meeting," says Maureen
Storey, senior vice president of science policy for the American Beverage
Association in a prepared statement in response to the study.
''It is not a published, peer-reviewed paper where the study, the data and
the results and conclusions have undergone the rigors of peer review.'' Because
of that, Storey says, it is ''impossible to provide thoughtful comments on
She adds: ''There is nothing unique about soft drinks and/or high-fructose
corn syrup when it comes to risk for high blood pressure." She notes the many
other risk factors for high blood pressure, including family history, lack
of exercise, being overweight, and having a poor
Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition at Washington
University in St. Louis and a past president of the American Dietetic
Association, reviewed the study for WebMD, and says: "The issue of fructose is
one that is drawing much attention, but outcomes from research are conflicted."
She awaits more study to see if the fructose-high blood pressure link is a
true cause and effect, or more weakly associated.
Her advice: Sugary foods should only be chosen after you've had your fruits,
vegetables, and other healthy foods.
Jalal says it's difficult to tell consumers an exact level of fructose
intake that's healthy. And she cautions that she's not talking about the
fructose found in fruits and some vegetables. ''Fruits do have fructose, but
not as much as a piece of pecan pie or a soft drink. Fruits have much