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Old 09-13-16, 12:00 PM
Sugar Industry Paid Scientists To Blame Fat
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In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded research was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It was delayed, according to the newly uncovered documents, because more and more studies raising concerns about sugar were being published even as the scientists were working on their rebuttals.

The authors of the new study say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat.

"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," article co-author Stanton Glantz told the New York Times.

The SRF was clear that its "particular interest" was in evaluating studies of sugar. And it was certainly happy with the result: "Let me assure you this is quite what we had in mind and we look forward to its appearance in print," John Hickson, SRF vice president and director of research, told one of the scientists.

The scientists had raised concerns about the validity of research that suggested sugar could play a role in coronary heart disease, concluded that reducing fat consumption was undoubtedly the best way to reduce coronary heart disease.

"It is always appropriate to question the validity of individual studies," lead author Cristin Kearns told Bloomberg via email. But, she says, "the authors applied a different standard" to different studies looking very critically at research that implicated sugar, and ignoring problems with studies that found dangers in fat.

The documents in question are five decades old, but the larger issue is of the moment, as Marion Nestle notes in a commentary in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine:

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"This 50-year-old incident may seem like ancient history, but it is quite relevant, not least because it answers some questions germane to our current era. Is it really true that food companies deliberately set out to manipulate research in their favor? Yes, it is, and the practice continues. In 2015, the New York Times obtained emails revealing Coca-Cola's cozy relationships with sponsored researchers who were conducting studies aimed at minimizing the effects of sugary drinks on obesity. Even more recently, the Associated Press obtained emails showing how a candy trade association funded and influenced studies to show that children who eat sweets have healthier body weights than those who do not."
50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat : The Two-Way : NPR
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Old 09-14-16, 09:50 AM
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Yeah, heard this on NPR. It was interesting that the "chief scientist" of the sugar board later went on to the same post at the tobacco council, so it seems like the tobacco industry learned all the dirty tricks of the sugar industry.

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Old 09-14-16, 12:05 PM
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Why are organizations with a vested interest in any particular product allowed to "sponsor" research. Harvard was not "sponsored" by the sugar industry, they were paid off. Lets call it what it is. This should not be allowed.

When the researchers know where the money is coming from and possible future "sponsorship" is on the table it absolutely influences the researchers to sway to the side of the money.

Clair Patterson comes to mind. (The guy who proved how bad leaded fuel was) Look what happened to him when he went against the very people who were funding the research..
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Old 09-14-16, 02:23 PM
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Surprise surprise. Yet I see the bodybuilding community also still follows this dated advice. Go look at the food log threads. You see very little fat.
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Old 09-14-16, 04:01 PM
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Clair Patterson comes to mind. (The guy who proved how bad leaded fuel was) Look what happened to him when he went against the very people who were funding the research..
ha..i remember this
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Old 09-14-16, 07:19 PM
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Everyone with diabetes or coronary inflamation should file
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