Health Studies Manipulated by Sugar Industry
According to a recent report, the sugar industry financed a number of studies focused on identifying dietary fat as the primary cause of heart disease, and leaving out the role of sugary foods. Largely because of this research, which was conducted in the 1960s and 1970s, the first Dietary Guidelines for Americans—published in 1980—focused on reducing fat and cholesterol for heart disease prevention.
The Sugar Research Foundation, now called the Sugar Association, sponsored several studies designed to call in question the dangers of sucrose. This practice in not uncommon, and has been compared to the tactics used by the tobacco industry in the past to cover up the dangers of smoking.
As a result of this research, the food industry began marketing "fat-free" products, which are often loaded with added sugars and processed carbohydrates. These foods are now known to contribute to a number of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and dietary guidelines advise consumers to limit added sugars in the diet.
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