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I have been diagnosed with High Blood pressure and I found this website that says that fructose raises blood pressure. Can some please explain the difference of what they are talking about and what this diet the 80/10/10 is talking about.  I alsow want to hear from people whom have been diagnosed with High BP and are now within in normal limits and are off of blood pressure medicine.  Any advise, anything I can do to get my blood pressure back to normal I will do. I need someone to please help me.

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Well I had borderline blood pressure hovering in the 140s/90s.  Within hours of going fruitarian, it was a normal 110/60.  

Now regarding yourself:

What kind of diet are  you eating?  How much water do you drink?  How much sleep?  Exercise?

If you are eating a whole raw fruit and leafy green based diet, blood pressure should be normal.  If you are eating a diet that is more starch based (like a mcdougall kind of diet) which contains a lot of grains, potatoes, beans, nuts, and other processed and cooked foods, then you could be a candidate for high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems and stroke.  

Also, if you are eating fruitarian 100%, but have high blood pressure, you should have your kidneys checked out.  Kidney problems, stones, and disease can cause high blood pressure independent of diet and cardiovascular health.  

On a fruit diet that is high potassium and contains no table salt and other preservatives like msg, blood pressure is one of the first things to normalize, and for some of our members, within hours of starting the diet.  For some of our committed members, blood pressure medications are the first to go.  

The difference between fruits and starchy foods and between fructose and high fructose corn syrup:

There are two kinds of fructose.  The simple sugars in fruit cause no harm to the body.  In these studies involving cakes, cookies, candies, and sugary soft drinks, the fructose referred to is high fructose corn syrup which is predominately a complex carb of which the body can only convert to glucose thus triggering insulin release.  Diets that consist mainly of complex carbs and starchy foods lead to chronic blood sugar and insulin problems.  Where we agree with sites and people like Mercola is their stance on starchy foods like grains and bread, tubers and potatoes, legumes and beans, and most processed foods like pasta, cakes, cookies, candies, and pies.  These foods can wreak havoc on the body not only because they cause hyperinsulinism, but also because of other things they contain like being high oxalate.  

Where we split with Mercola is that we do not promote animal products for both health and ethical reasons.  Instead, we promote a diet that our primate cousins eat, and that study after study, and disease after disease teaches to reduce processed foods and animal products, and increase intake of fruits and veggies.  

We focus on whole raw fruits and lettuce greens and minimal consumption of nuts.  

30BaD FADs: Benefits of Lettuce Greens - 30 Bananas a Day!

Lettuce greens should not be confused with the cruciferous veggies like kale and spinach as these are high oxalate foods.  High oxalate foods can long term cause kidney problems and other cardiovascular issues.  High oxalate foods include animal products, dairy products, all grains and bread and pasta, tubers and potatoes, legumes and beans, some nuts and seeds, chocolate, teas, coffees, sodas, most cooked foods, and most cruciferous veggies like kale and spinach:

30BaD FADs: Oxalate Health Impact - 30 Bananas a Day!

As alluded to in the Mercola website, starchy foods and hyperinsulinism can cause problems in some people as well:

30BaD FADs: Starchy Foods vs Fruit n Lettuce - 30 Bananas a Day!

I hope that you and your doctor can find the cause of your BP.  If there is no cause, then try focusing 100% on whole raw fruits and eat about 1/2-2 pounds of lettuce greens a day, and about a handful of nuts a day.  

Peace, PK

Thanks PK. I have been on a 80% raw and 20% cooked. The cooked were exactly the things you said raise my bp. Potatoes, rice and beans. I drink between 3-4 L of water, I sleep about 8-9 hours a day. I am now starting to excercise. I am 214 now I started at 228 so I will try that and I'll let you know so far I have lost 14lbs so I can go ahead and retry the diet as 100% and I have been eating alot of spiniach and Kale. Wow I thought I was doing something good for myself. Thanks for sharing.

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