Sugar industry funded studies to blame fat for heart disease

9NEWS at 11 a.m. 09/13/16.

KUSA - The sugar industry funded research back in the 1960s to blame fat for heart disease while downplaying sugar’s role, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.

The documents were discovered by a University of California – San Francisco researcher. They show that the Sugar Research Foundation first sponsored a research project in 1965 that singled out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of coronary heart disease.

The sugar industry’s funding for the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was not disclosed.

“Together with other recent analyses of sugar industry documents, our findings suggest the industry sponsored a research program in the 1960s and 1970s that successfully cast doubt about the hazards of sucrose while promoting fat as the dietary culprit in CHD,” researchers wrote in a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The documents show the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists write the literature review Project 226, which argued that a low-fat diet was the only thing needed to reduce cholesterol.  

You can read the full analysis here:

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