According to a report on the front page of the NY Times (9/12/2016), Big Sugar paid researchers at Harvard to skew their writings to place the blame for Heart Disease on animal fat and not sugar. Following the death of President Roosevelt from heart disease, and with the knowledge that heart disease was accounting for 1 in 2 deaths, researchers began trying to understand why so many were dying, and whether those at risk could be identified and helped. There were two schools of thought as to the cause: Dr Yudkin from Cambridge believed sugar to be the primary cause, and Ancel Keys believed it was cholesterol from dietary fat from animals (saturated fat). From the 1950’s through today, most people believe the government messaging which tells us to avoid dietary fat and replace those calories with sugar and carbs. Now we know that Harvard’s Dr Hegsted and Dr. Stare were paid by Big Sugar in the 1960’s to contradict their earlier work that associated sugar and saturated fat with Heart Disease. Their work was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (7/27/1967) where they wrote that it’s not the sugar, it’s the cholesterol and saturated fat that increases ones risk of heart disease. Stare and Heisted were not required to disclose that Big Sugar paid them to do this research.
Big Food continues to influence what we consume, and the NY Times has also revealed that Coca Cola has provided millions of dollars in funding to downplay the link between sugary drinks and obesity (..it’s the inactivity..). Q: What has more sugar? One 20 oz bottle of Vitamin Water? or Three Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts? You guessed it, Coke’s bottle of Vitamin Water.