Fifty Years Ago, The Sugar Industry Was Funding Research Downplaying Its Effect On Health | IFLScience

There is no secret in the fact that the food industry is constantly funding scientific research that then almost invariably concludes something in their favor. It’s a common tactic used by chocolate companies, cereal manufacturers, and everyone in between as an easy way to generate headlines and help push their agenda. But a recent discovery of documents that are nearly 50 years old has shown how this practice has been employed by the sugar industry for decades, producing influential research that diminishes the impact that sugar has on heart disease.Uncovered by a researcher at the University of San Francisco, the documents show how even back in the 1960s, the sugar industry was trying to fight the growing opinion that the sweet stuff played a role in the development of heart disease. Instead, the scientists being paid by the Sugar Research Foundation (which is now known as the Sugar Association), pushed the idea that fat was the main culprit.

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