When Less is More, Part Deux

8 06 2010

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We have spoken recently on the concept that sometimes less is more, as in mo’ better.  The cornerstone of understanding rests in the realization that quantity does not equal quality. It seems often that in America today we are looking for the “value meal” that “supersizes” our order, with minimal cost. The determination of value consists of more components than simply how much you get of something for a dollar. The concept of value needs to be considered not just in terms of the product we purchase for our kitchen creations, but in terms of the experience as well. It may not be the food item, but the candle or the special bottle of wine that transforms a meal into an experience to be remembered. Conversely, it may be the intentional reduction or even omission of an item that gains us something mo’ better.

Increases in consumption of foodstuffs heavy in refined white sugar, among other items, has been correlated with increases in metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes. However, there are few studies that look at the benefits of reducing refined sugar intake; this type of study lends more evidence to a cause and effect relationship than simply a correlative one. A recent article published in Circulation (May 24, 2010) looked at the effect of reducing the consumption of sugar filled soft drinks on blood pressure in persons with hypertension. The study looked at 810 men and women aged 25 to 70 with hypertension. They underwent a lifestyle modification by decreasing their sugar filled soft drinks by 1 drink (12 ounces) per day over 18 months. The study found that after additional adjustment for weight change over the same period, a reduction in the sugar sweetened beverages was still significantly associated with reductions in blood pressure readings. Consumption amounts of caffeinated or diet beverages did not have any effect. These findings suggest that sugars may contribute to the observed association between hypertension and the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. In general, it seems prudent to avoid consuming mass quantities of anything containing refined white powdery substances.

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8 06 2010
tasteofbeirut

How interesting! I never read anything up until now that correlated sugar with blood pressure; usually you hear that caffeine is bad for hypertension! Thanks so much Doc!

8 06 2010
partnersinwineclub

Yes, many people do not realize that consuming alcohol does influence high blood pressure, in the movie Crazy Heart that issue is brought up. I have to watch my intake, I notice right away with my HB, I get hot spots if I eat junk food and sugar laden drinks, or even too much alcohol. Once again you are a genius for bringing this up!

8 06 2010
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8 06 2010
rebecca

so true, thanks for coming on holiday with me Doc

Rebecca

9 06 2010
whatscookingwithdoc

@C&C:Anytime my friend!

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