4. Drinking fructose
As if we need yet another reason to cut back on added sugar: In a 2010 study from the University of Colorado, men and women who consumed more fructose were more likely to develop high blood pressure. Fructose is a common ingredient in soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks and flavored water. Want a drink that may help lower your hypertension? The University of Western Australia recently released evidence that three cups of black tea a day can significantly lower blood pressure.