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How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

Saturday, October 15, 2016

"The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.

The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today's dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.

"They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades," said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper.

The documents show that a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, paid three Harvard scientists the equivalent of about $50,000 in today's dollars to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies used in the review were handpicked by the sugar group, and the article, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat."

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    The documentary "Fed Up" (narrated by Katie Couric, on Netflix now) covers this as well. Shocking.
    1389 days ago
    Thanks again, JERF!
    1390 days ago
    that is so true excess calories are converted to fat by the body no matter where it comes from
    1390 days ago
    People don't know your body converts extra calories to fat for storage regardless of the source
    1390 days ago
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