Sugar Research Tainted By Industry Corruption

Eric Scott Pickard - Author

Sep. 13 2016, Updated 12:40 p.m. ET

Sugar industry officials have funded research in order to obscure the dangers of sugar as far back as the 1960’s, according to internal documents of a group called the Sugar Research Foundation, now called the Sugar Association, which have just come to light. The documents, which are discussed in an article the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that the sugar industry paid for research that downplayed the role of sugar in heart disease and pointed to the consumption of fats as the leading cause of heart problems.

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According to NPR, the Sugar Research Foundation financed a study by Harvard scientists, which was subsequently published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in 1967. The study examined numerous other literature and experiments concerning the development of heart disease. The resulting published study concluded that the consumption of fat was of greatest concern when it came to heart health, and significantly downplayed the role of sugar. The financial backing of sugar industry was never disclosed, but it has now been revealed that the industry paid the equivalent of nearly $50,000 for the research.


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