A review of archival documents reveals that the sugar industry lobbied to skew health studies on the heart. A new report from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), suggests that the sugar industry has a long history of funding Harvard professors, who turned attention away from the sweetener’s effects on heart disease, obesity and high cholesterol.
Stanton Glantz of the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, explained that similar tactics were used by the tobacco industry to prevent health concerns back in the day.
In the research it explored that, “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 coronary heart disease,”
“By the 1980s, few scientists believed that added sugars played a significant role in coronary heart disease, and the first 1980 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focused on reducing total fat, saturated fat, and dietary cholesterol for coronary heart disease prevention.”