A team of researchers from the University of California exposed jaw-dropping evidence of how the sugar industry granted money to Harvard University back in the 1960’s to blame heart disease on cholesterol and saturated fat, in order to save sugar’s reputation and keep that sweet money rolling in.
As sugar was gaining a bad reputation for potentially causing heart disease, the sugar industry dished out money to Harvard University to fund Project 226, which resulted in a publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, an internationally-known prestigious medical journal. The article blatantly placed the blame for heart disease on cholesterol and saturated fat, to detract attention away from sugar.
As a result, the word on the street came out that eating less cholesterol and saturated fat would prevent coronary heart disease, which we know is not exactly the case, based on current evidence. Consequently, it was recommended to avoid butter and limit beef, pork, and other fatty animal products, while eating more unnatural fats such as margarine and low-fat foods, which are often laced with sugar.
Finally, although it took many years, we now know that the most effective way of lowering cholesterol quickly and preventing heart disease is by avoiding added sugars.
So how many lives did this cost along the way? Since the 1960’s, America has become a nation of sugar addiction and obesity. The # 1 leading cause of death is… you guessed it. Heart Disease! Last year, an estimated 614,348 Americans died from heart disease.
Luckily today, sources of research funding must be disclosed in publications, but they weren’t back in the 1960’s. Now it’s time to clean up the mess that the sugar industry left behind.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Canter for Health Statistics. Leading causes of death: 2015. Accessed from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm
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