Healthy Blood Pressure: The Sugar Fix

The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That is Making You Fat and Sick
Author: Richard J. Johnson, MD; Timothy Gower
Reviewed by Edward (

This is primarily a weight loss book but has the added benefit that through shedding weight you will lower your blood pressure which in turn will make you less at risk from heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Dr Johnson has written this book to inform consumers about the hidden dangers of fructose sugars in our foods, the dangers he warns about includes fructose causing the body to increase its levels of uric acid – which can lead to high blood pressure.

Fructose is the sugar found naturally in fruit and causes this no problems in these small quantities. But Johnson explains how manufactured high-fructose corn syrup can be found in processed foods such as candy, baked goods, soft drinks, and frozen meals but it can also be 'hidden' in food where you would not expect it, like peanut butter, soups and egg products. Johnson actually runs a research program on the effects of high-fructose corn syrup on the body, so he knows what he is talking about – he believes that the American obesity epidemic is directly related to our consumption of fructose, which has increased dramatically in the last 35 years. This is why he recommends a diet composed of 50% carbs, 25% fat and 25% protein. For the first two weeks of the diet all fructose should be avoided.

The book is quite text heavy, but is easy to read and he puts his point across well - although I am not wholly convinced by his approach. While I agree high-fructose corn syrups and refined sugars really have no place in our diet, I thought some of his science was a bit woolly! Despite this, I accept that it is an informative book written by a scientist on the dangers of sugar and fructose.

There are over 30 recipes that are low in fructose and high in flavor and I found the vegetarian recipes brilliant and wholesome. There are several useful charts included to help you find the hidden fructose in many commonly consumed foods. My one huge bug bear would be the authors decision to choose artificial sweeteners over natural sugar – but I guess that argument is still there for another day!

After reading this book you will think twice, before reaching out for that soft drink or fruit juice. And at long last someone is actually talking about sugar!

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