Science is just beginning to understand how fat and sugars work in the body – or is it? About five decades ago, an all-out war was waged on fats. A specific type of fat, saturated fat, was identified as a health risk. A campaign was unleashed on the American population to convince them that dietary fat made you unhealthy, and that it was the cause of growing obesity rates.
What researchers are beginning to understand is how the sugar industry put all of its efforts, revenue, and energy into convincing an entire generation that fat was the enemy, and the only enemy, in the American diet. Using heart disease as a reason to cut fat out of your diet, sugar executives started their propaganda as far back as the 1960s.
As the American population began to make changes to their diet, including indiscriminately limiting their fat intake, the rates of heart disease and obesity began to skyrocket. While everyone was taking their eyes off of the real culprit, the American waistline continued to grow, as did public health concerns that something was terribly wrong.
New evidence has come to light that the research used to brainwash people, over the decades, was bought and paid for by none other than the sugar industry. Why would they go to such lengths to have everyone take their eyes off of the real problem? Because sugar may be more harmful than any studies could have ever shown saturated fat to be.
An analysis recently published in JAMA reconstructed the actions of the Harvard Scientists working alongside top executives within the sugar industry, using archives and historical documents. What they found was that the interaction between these two forces might have been something more than casual dealings.
The data shows that the Sugar Research Foundation, which today is called the Sugar Foundation, paid three highly respected scientists the equivalent of what today would be close to $50,000 to conduct research on both fat and sugar, evaluating their relationship with coronary heart disease.
In the 1960s, they released a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The problem was that the research was presented to make it look as if fat was the only enemy, and sugar was nothing but an innocent bystander, if sugar was addressed at all. The scientists conducting the data analysis apparently only used fat in their results, making it look like fat was the cause of heart disease. Any studies of sugar’s link to health problems were left in the lurch.
If that wasn’t enough to sway public health officials, the sugar lobby has used their influence several times from the ‘60s until now. In 2015, sugar lobbyists held fast to make sure that the federal guidelines showed no link between intake of sugar and dental carries. In fact, they have successfully blocked the evidence that sugar causes cavities since the early 1970s.
It isn’t just the sugar industry that is tied to this data manipulation. There is also evidence that Corn Syrup Refiners Association, in conjunction with the Sugar Association, effectively hid reports of evidence that added sugar in the diet is linked to a host of negative health outcomes. Resorting to extortion, they threatened to withhold funding from WHO if any evidence was released putting the corn syrup or sugar industry in a negative light.
The sugar lobby is only one of the many food industry interests that can sway federal guidelines and recommendations by withholding information, presenting false data, or using coercion. Many pharmaceutical and food service supplies industries work very hard to ensure that negative data finding causal links to poor health outcomes are buried deep, if not completely suppressed. It’s no wonder that the USDA’s dietary recommendations have changed very little in half a century. Although many Americans are following the government’s nutritional advice, diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, and other chronic illnesses have exploded to the point of becoming a public health crisis.
While everyone was switching to a “fat-free” or “low-fat” diet, and loading up with simple carbohydrates which are chemically a form of sugar, the rates of obesity and diabetes have soared. The truth is that any industry with enough money and influence can convince the public by lobbying the government for just about anything, whether it is real or not. The next time you see the government pyramid, take a look in the mirror and ask yourself how well the recommendations are serving you and your health.