A half century of nutrition research related to heart health and dietary recommendations was influenced the sugar industry, a new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals.
Thousands of pages of correspondence and other documents discovered in archives at Harvard and other libraries show how in 1964, a top sugar industry executive proposed countering the alarming findings on sugar with industry-funded research. “Then we can publish the data and refute our detractors,” he wrote. The gist of the plan: blame fats for coronary disease to take the heat off sugar.
“They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at UCSF and an author of the JAMA paper.