If a person with high blood pressure, we all suggest he/she can take less amount of salt. Because we think that salt is the only reason for high blood pressure. But how many of you know that sugar can also cause high blood pressure? Yes, sugar is the main culprit causing high blood pressure. The high amount of sugar consumption can lead to high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is the measurement of pressure put by the blood while flowing in the blood vessels. Blood pressure can measure by two readings.
Normal blood pressure: <120/80 mmHg
High blood pressure: >130/80 mmHg
In our body, the sugar can be monitored by the hormone called insulin. When a person consumes sugar, insulin gets activated and allows the sugar into the cell for energy. If a person can consume more amount of sugar more insulin will be produced. High insulin increases the cardiac output which leads to reabsorption of sodium which further leads to water reabsorption finally leads to high Blood pressure. High intake of sugar intake may also further lead to lifestyle disorders including obesity, diabetes, and heart attack.
Most of us are confused about the sugar that is naturally present in food and the sugar that is added to the food. The sugar which is naturally present in food not harms us. But intake of more added sugar food causes harm to health.
According to the American Heart Association
100 ml of cool drink contains nearly 10 Gms of sugar.
1 tablespoon (15 Gms) of tomato ketchup contains nearly 4 Gms of sugar.
100 ml of packed fruit juices contain 9-11 Gms of sugar
100 Gms of chocolates contain nearly 30-40 Gms of sugar.
Finally, reducing the intake of added sugar in the diet can reduce the chances of getting high blood pressure. Salt is not the only reason to cause high blood pressure, intake of more added sugar can increase the sodium levels in the blood, which leads to high blood pressure. So, we all are conscious about the intake of added sugar in our daily diet. Taking the proper food in the proper amount can help to lead a happy life.