How Sweet It Isn’t

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Sugar Research Foundation paid scientists to lie about the dangers of sugar consumption.

It’s no surprise that corporations often use junk science to “prove” their products are safe and the food industry is no different. Over the years numerous frauds have been exposed, from inaccurate labeling to claiming that products were organic when they were not.

A report recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine (JAMA) tells the story of how the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to discredit evidence that linked sugar consumption to heart disease; a result of refined carbohydrates that is in part responsible for diseases such as diabetes, and instead link heart disease to saturated fats, thus making the meat and dairy industries become the bad guys. Food guidelines subsequently called for reduced intake of “fatty” foods but mentioned nothing about limiting sugar consumption.

According to the JAMA repost, internal documents from the Sugar Research Foundation show it initiated coronary heart disease research in 1965 to “protect market share and that its first project, a literature review, was published in NEJM in 1967 without disclosure of the sugar industry’s funding or role.”

All this goes to show that the mainline food industry cannot be trusted when it comes to your health. It also raises questions about whether we can trust studies released by such giants as Harvard. Only time will tell how many other trumped up studies have been used to tout healthy foods or to refute claims of harmful ones.

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