The Great Sugar Lie
This is the story of the Great Sugar Lie
Wellness advancements are happening on a regular basis these days. Health science is booming and natural remedies have become fashionable. New health discoveries are anticipated and even expected on a regular basis.
One of the most impactful health revelations of late has been the unveiling of what could be described as the biggest lie to ever occur in the health industry. The Great Sugar Lie.
The Great Sugar Lie goes back as far as 50 years
As reported, the true source of fat and obesity related health issues is not what we have been led to believe for the last 50 years. The sugar industry has sponsored campaigns blaming saturated fat as the culprit behind heart disease. They've been doing this to take the spotlights off themselves, according to newly released historical documents. The documents date as far back as the 1960's.
The documents were brought to light recently by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. They were published in JAMA Internal Medicine Nov. 2016. This is extreme and a radical turnaround from everything we've been taught.
It's hard to imagine that 50 years of supposed accurate research regarding the cause of heart attacks has been fabricated. Paid for by the sugar industry. This great sugar lie has been a deceit of massive proportions.
As quoted by one of the authors of the JAMA publication, Stanton Glantz, U.C.S.F professor of medicine, “They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades".
Apparently the Sugar Association (known as the Sugar Research Foundation at the time) paid $50,000 to Harvard scientists in 1967 to skewer the facts in a research paper on heart disease and sugar. They minimized the role sugar has on heart disease and passed it on to saturated fats.
That's not all. The food industry has played it's part as well. They've been influencing nutrition science similarly, according to more recent reports. It seems there have been quite a few players contributing to this great sugar lie.
Coca-Cola gets in on the action
In 2015 an article in the New York Times reported Coca-Cola paid millions to downplay the effect sugar has on obesity. And in June of that year the AP reported candy makers paying for studies that falsely claim children who eat candy weigh less than children who don't.
Of course the Sugar Association now is downplaying all this. And depending on who you talk to, the true heart disease culprits are debatable. But regardless of this the Sugar Association was caught red-handed paying for the research that makes them out to be the good guys.
Their response to all this ... a statement saying that at the time there were no requirements to disclose funding sources. It wasn't until 1984 that the New England Journal of Medicine required the disclosure of study funding.
They admitted there should have been better transparency with their research involvements. At the same time continuing to defend the actions of industry-funded research for the "greater good" of the industry.
The debate is still alive
The debate of sugar vs saturated fat is still alive, but there's no question of the influence the Sugar Association had on passing the blame to saturated fats. Getting reviews published in those prominent journals greatly shape the scientific discussions which get passed on to the public.
All those years the communications coming from the health industry were about cutting back on fat intake. This led to higher consumption of low-fat high-sugar processed foods that many say is not responsible for the obesity crisis. The Great Sugar Lie worked like a charm as the sugar industry continued to rake in the profits.
Saturated fat was blamed for heart attacks, and sugar was blamed for tooth decay. That's how the conversations went. Tooth decay just doesn't compare with heart disease, and sales still rose.
They knew what they were doing.
There is also evidence that as far back as 1964, there were studies bringing attention to the connections between high sugar intake and heart disease. Of course the Sugar Association was well aware. I'm sure those studies had a lot to do with their involvements and their funding to put the blame on saturated fat.
The Governements guidelines still concentrate on saturated fat, but the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association, and a boatload of other health authorities and professionals are beginning to warn about sugar now, and not so much on fatty foods.
Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following statement. "Given the data that we have today, we have shown the refined carbohydrates and especially sugar-sweetened beverages are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, but that the type of dietary fat is also very important.”
Today we are hearing more and more about the Great Sugar Lie
Today we are hearing more and more about the impact sugar, and refined carbohydrates, have on cardiovascular health. We are also hearing more and more about the great sugar lie that was told for so many years.
Sugar addiction is a chronic problem today. Foods are manipulated with substances and chemicals that trigger cravings. Despite the awareness now, there does not appear to be any significant changes coming in the foreseeable future. At least not with the food industry.
However, there are some people that are taking action. Two food scientists in Florida have been studying and researching a solution over the last decade with extraordinary results. They have discovered specific molecules, or what they refer to as "sugar chaperones" that manage carbohydrate metabolism and sugar control.
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