Sugar is worse than salt for pushing up blood pressure, research has suggested.
Added sugars are more likely to have a greater role than salt in causing high blood pressure and heart disease, according to the study published on Thursday in the online journal Open Heart.
However, academics have claimed the research has been “over exaggerated” and is not based on any new evidence.
The authors of the study say the benefits of cutting salt intake to lower high blood pressure “are debatable” and claim dietary guidelines should be focused more on reducing sugar and less on salt.
They claim people who have a daily intake of more than 74 grams of high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener used in processed foods such as fruit-flavoured and fizzy drinks, have a 30 per cent higher risk of high blood pressure.