High Fructose Consumption Linked to High Blood Pressure

Soda TheDangersSoda1 The evidence keeps pouring in pointing to the dangers of fructose, which are found in soft drinks and most processed foods, from breads to cookies to crackers.

The latest study, which finds that people who consume the amount of fructose found in two-and-a-half soft drinks a day appear to have a higher risk of hypertension, appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

People who took in at least 74 grams (about 18.5 tsp.) per day had 26% to
77% greater odds of crossing various thresholds of elevated blood
pressure (P<0.05 for all), compared with lower levels of
consumption, according to Diana Jalal, MD, of the University of Colorado
r, and colleagues.

“Limiting fructose intake is readily feasible, and, in light of our
results, prospective studies are needed to assess whether decreased
intake of fructose from added sugars will reduce the incidence of
hypertension and the burden of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. adult
population,” they wrote online in the Journal of the American
Society of Nephrology

One of the best ways to improve your health is to reduce your consumption of high fructose corn syrup — and that means, just nix the soft drinks. There is no human requirement for soda!

Over this holiday weekend, I encourage you to drink water rather than soda. You can pay a price for gulping all that fructose-laden sweetness.

To get a flavor for how soft drinks can pack on the pounds — one that will make your stomach turn — watch this “Pouring on the Pounds” ad from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Bookcover Thankfully, I often hear from fans of my book SUGAR SHOCK!

But yesterday, I was honored and grateful for this amazing remark from Ellen, one of my Smart Habits Fans on Facebook. She wrote:

“Thank you you dearly for a truly transformational motivational piece of work in
your book.I have recommended your book to perhaps 50 plus friends and
acquaintances. I now keep them on hand to share with others who are
sincerely interested and those who care to change. Putting my the
knowledge to use caused my body to… morph inside and out. I will send shocking photos of myself before and after. Thanks Bunches.”

All I can say is Wow!

Suffice it to say that this comment made my day! I invite you to get a sneak peek of SUGAR SHOCK! now.


Overeating Since gingerbread cookies, eggnog, candy canes and chocolate geld (coins) abound at this time of year and you'll undoubtedly often be offered those and other tempting sweets this month, I invite you to start a process of self-discovery.

That's right, in my opinion, December is not the month to kick your sugar habit (unless you insist!)

Instead, I encourage you to learn what shock is and then do what I call "sugary soul searching" so you can learn if this applies to you.

Ask yourself such questions as:

When do sugary "treats" call out to you? Why do you cave into your candy cravings? How do you feel after eating sweets?

Then, just pay attention to how you behave all month. (Next month, we'll delve into the value of doing sugary soul searching and how it can help you to break free of your harmful habit.)

Now, let's revisit the definition of SUGAR SHOCK! — which I gave here on this blog, in October 2006.

The idea to do this hit me, because my new Facebook friend Terri asked me, "What do you mean by Sugar Shock Connie?? I love how it sounds!!"

So here's my definition of sugar shock, which is also included in my book of the same name. (You can get a sneak peek of my book SUGAR SHOCK! here.)

Please bear in mind that sugar shock is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, including some one-quarter to one-half of the U.S. population.

SUGAR SHOCK!™ defined – A mood-damaging, personality-bending, health-destroying, confusion-creating constellation of symptoms affecting millions of peoople worldwide, who often turn to processed sweets and much-like-sugar carbs, which send their blood sugar levels wildly soaring and plummeting.

The term SUGAR SHOCK! is intended to encompass the often-misdiagnosed and maligned condition of reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), as well as other blood sugar disorders, from insulin resistance to diabetes.

Considerable research reveals that repeatedly overconsuming sweeteners, dessert foods, and culprit, quickie carbs (such as white rice, French bread, chips, etc.) wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, overstimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to more than 150 health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, severe PMS, failing memory, depression, mental confusion or "brain fog," mood swings, Candida, sexual dysfunction, infertility, wrinkles, acne, and early aging.

Victims of SUGAR SHOCK! also may experience such baffling symptoms as excessive fatigue,  headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, drowsiness or the opposite (sleeplessness), forgetfulness, heart palpitations, nightmares, blurred vision, muscle pains, temper outbursts, suicidal thoughts, and more.

Ultimately, this insidious SUGAR SHOCK! roller-coaster effect brought on by eating too many inferior carbs hampers sufferers' ability to function at full throttle–or even half throttle.

Does this sound like something you or a loved one is going through? Would you like to learn more about sugar shock?

Grab a sneak peek now of my book SUGAR SHOCK! now.

Or just get your copy of SUGAR SHOCK! now to read during or after the holidays. This book is ideal to read in January so you can break free of your habit to lose weight, get energy, focus better, become happier and, of course, healthier.

Reader Admits That Her Sugar Addiction Story is Embarrassing, Too: What Do You Think?

Frequently, I hear from readers of SUGAR SHOCK!  In fact, of the hundreds of emails I receive daily, those from readers are the most heartwarming.

Here are some comments that came in yesterday in response to my email, in which I invited people to take a sneak peek of my book, get my shocking definition of sugar shock; learn my rather embarrassing story and how I used to act quite undignified when consuming sugar; and discover startling information about how millions are harmed by their excessive sugar consumption.

Kim [I changed her name to protect her privacy] from Michigan wrote:

"Embarrassing [sugar] story? It's exactly like my own life! Talk about humiliation. I've spent years in hiding, afraid that someone would find out. Yesterday, I received my copy of 'Sugar Shock' in the mail and I promise to do those things that freed you from a life of shame. My husband will reap all the benefits of having a much happier wife. We have been right at the door of divorce for almost 19 yrs. [He] has tried everything to get rid of this dark cloud of depression! Thank you, Connie for being our answer to prayer. Sincerely, [name], a trampled housewife, in Michigan"

Don't those remarks just bring tears to your eyes — or at least choke you up?

If you're a reader of SUGAR SHOCK!, please write to me. Just post here to share your thoughts about the book, no matter what they are.

Talk to us now.

(You can read more thoughts from readers here.)

Would you like help to break free of your sugar habit so you can lose weight, get more energy, enjoy better relationships and become happier? Learn how to break free now. (Next program begins tomorrow.)

SUGAR SHOCK! — An Inspiring Reader Contacts Me

I always love hearing from readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK! and listeners to my Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.

But I especially appreciated this e-mail, which arrived on the second day that I’ve been forced to lay low because of huge stomach distress caused by a vicious case of food poisoning. (Never been this sick!)

…So, see what a reader of SUGAR SHOCK! just wrote to me:

"I want to thank you for your book [SUGAR SHOCK!]. It really opened my eyes as to hidden sugars in [foods]. I am just starting to get off sugar… [but] I’ve lost 25 pounds [so far] and have 25 more to go.  Sugar is my hardest habit to kick after a life-long habit of eating sugar-laden foods.

— Mary Lee, Alabama"

Way to go, Marylee! So happy for you! Very impressive — 25 pounds! Keep up the good work.

SUGAR SHOCK! — Thoughts From a Reader

I just love hearing from readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK! Here are some remarks from Paula in Minnesota.

"I just got your book yesterday and couldn’t stop reading it. I know I am a complete sugar junkie. Although I have no issues living without white bread, I can not let go of the candy, cookies, cakes, etc.

"My husband compared me to a drug addict (like my brother). I have one piece and then before I know, the whole bag is gone.

"I have been working on self-help and healing my heart and one of my journaling [exercises] is to look into your soul…

"I realized even as a child, I would steal change from my parents & siblings to buy candy. I remember eating out with my grandparents and opening the sugar packets and dumping them in my mouth. How horrible is that?! I can truely relate to it being an addiction and I am happy I found your book and research."

Thank you so much for writing, Paula. I sure hope my book helps you!

Readers, keep writing!

Sugar Shock! — A Success Story

Given my hectic schedule, I rarely take time out to share some of the hundreds of comments that I regularly receive, but I just had to share one that came in recently from Rowena. She wrote:

"I’ve lost 30 lbs since August just by cutting sugar — the detox is wicked but after trying to quit for three years, I finally `got It.’ I do use the fake stuff occasionally, but that’s going, too, this summer. I mention this to you for people who are very large like me, it’s not so easy for us to quit, but the sugar is the Gasoline to the food insanity and once you get out — you gotta stay out."

Rowena, congratulations to you for your wonderful changes. I’m so happy for you!

SUGAR SHOCK! Fan Makes My Day

My day was just made by this post on the Life Without Donuts blog from a former donut junkie. What an honor and thrill to know that SUGAR SHOCK! ! is helping people in this manner.

Here’s what the now-sugar-free blogger wrote:

"Everybody and their grandma has a "What I’m Reading" list on their blog, so I
decided I might as well jump in on the trend. Seriously, I’ve read some really good books this year, books that have made a profound impact on my life. So I wanted to share the short list with you for right now. I plan to review some of these books, here on Life
Without Donuts
, in more detail as time permits.

by Connie Bennett, was the book that kick started my new journey to a lifetime of healthy weight control, in July of this year. I knew I was eating way too much sugar, but I had no idea how detrimental this stuff was to my health. But the biggie is that sugar had become an addictive substance to me and I knew I had to get free from it. Connie Bennett compiles the latest and greatest research on the evils of sugar, but does it in a way that makes you want to keep reading. I don’t understand exactly what happened when I read this book, I just know I wanted to ‘kick’ the
sugar habit…and I did.

"Three and half months later I’ve not eaten a bite of sugar and the good news is that the cravings are gone. You don’t know how powerful cravings are until you try to kick them and then until you realize
how peaceful life can be without them. I now realize that it wasn’t all my fault that I was eating dozen after dozen of donuts, it was the foods fault. That’s not a cop-out, it’s the truth…the truth you hardly ever hear about.

needs to be in your library if you are serious about healthy weight loss and control for a lifetime. I plan to reread this book as time permits."

Although I’m a writer, I’m at a loss for words except to say, "Thank you, former donut junkie for your flattering remarks. I’m so happy for you! And if you’d like to tell us here how life has changed for you since kicking donuts, I’d love to post it."

SUGAR SHOCK! Fan and Her 9-Year-Old Former Sugar-Addict Daughter Find Me at Whole Foods While I’m Out Having Fun

Usually, I don’t post anything here personal on this SUGAR SHOCK! blog. Inevitably, there’s a connection to my book SUGAR SHOCK! In fact, many readers, I suspect, aren’t even aware of the fact that I’m a single, available chick living in Manhattan and that I have ample time to play these days now that my book is published.

But today, after much blog-soul-searching, I’m going to break new ground and get personal, because my two worlds collided recently in the most unexpected way imaginable. (Perhaps I got motivated by advice from popular blogger Melissa Lafsky, who I interviewed this afternoon on my Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show, which you can listen to now.)

…So, having said that, I invite you to go back with me in time about a week and a half ago to one of the Whole Foods locations in New York City, where I was going through first-get-together rites with a good-looking, interesting, charming man. (Let’s call him "Dignified.")

Dear readers, I invite you to imagine now the following scenario: So there we were, my brand new acquaintance and I, sitting at a counter at Whole Foods.

Picture us: I’m eagerly relishing my scrumptious salad while Dignified chomps an organic Fuji apple and pulls out his just-purchased copy of SUGAR SHOCK! (Honest, it wasn’t my idea to buy the book at the Border’s upstairs!)

As my companion and I went through getting-to-know-you questions ("Where are you from originally? What are your favorite sports?," etc.), along comes a slim, attractive blonde.

She stops dead in her tracks when she spies SUGAR SHOCK!

She then looks directly at Dignified and asks him point blank, "Have you read that book? That’s a great book. I’ve given it to a number of friends."

Needless to say, my jaw dropped! A slim, pretty woman, who read SUGAR SHOCK! pops by out of the blue to talk to a new friend and me about my book?


SUGAR SHOCK! Gets Thumbs Up On Mark Sisson’s Daily Apple Blog


I just received a hearwarming e-mail from health-and-fitness expert Mark Sisson, alerting me to the fact that his review of SUGAR SHOCK! just went up on his blog, Daily Apple.

Like millions of sugar addicts out there, Mark has his own sugar-induced horror stories, too.

Mark_sissonIn fact, he’s a former professional tri-athlete, and while training, he used to down half a gallon of ice cream every day.

But he’s learned the error of his ways, and Mark now recommends — as I do — that people eat a simple diet of low-sugar, unprocessed food, including lean protein, essential fats and, as he puts it, "reckless amounts of vegetables."

Like me, Mark is a regular contributor to Low Carb Newsline. It’s good to have yet another smart expert help spread the word about how harmful sugar can be to your health and well-being.