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Study Suggests Refined Sugars Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A recent study suggests refined sugar can increase your blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, independent of weight gain.

“When we were going through the fat-free craze we really started going towards fat-free products and they were highly refined and higher in sugar,” said Valerie Pampuch, Registered Dietitian at Gundersen Health System. “So now we’re seeing that might not be so good.”

According to Pampuch, this means even if you aren’t concerned about your weight, fresh, whole foods are the way to go.

“What we found was there is a difference between refined sugar and carbohydrates,” said Pampuch. “So if you have a higher fibrous food like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, it’s going to effect your blood pressure and lipid profile differently then if you were to have highly refined sugars.”

Pampuch says when it comes to selecting food you should try to avoid processed foods that can live on the shelf for months or years without going bad.

“It’s important to look at the nutrition label and hopefully when they chance to say ‘added sugars’ it will be more clear,” said Pampuch. “But we really want to look for fresh, whole foods.”

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