In the 60s, the sugar industry funded a research that emphasized the risks of fat over sugar. This is according to a recent study.
The article, published in JAMA International Medicine, shows that an industry called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to debunk the role sugar plays in heart disease. This became a reality when the group sponsored a research by Harvard scientists who shifted the blame from sugar to fat.
The Harvard research was, in fact, a literature review which examined various studies and experiments. The sugar-funded research concluded that stopping fat intake was the best option in the fight against coronary heart disease. The result of the research also minimized the role of sugar in heart diseases, citing irregularities in the studies and experiments that involved sugar.
“It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion,” co-author Stanton Glantz told The New York Times.
The authors of the research revealed that they were not interested in searching for a link between sugar and coronary heart disease as they were in the scientific process.
According to the authors – Stanton Glantz, Cristin Kearns and Laura Schmidt – their research reveals that the sugar industry has been trying to influence the scientific process for 50 years now.
An interview with the authors of the sugar-funded research would have been beneficial to the recent research, the only problem being that the authors are dead.
“We could not interview key actors involved in this historical episode because they have died,” the authors noted.
Read more about the research in the JAMA International Medicine journal.