Here’s another scary wake-up call for us. We rely on these studies, we believe the experts. But when the experts are funded by industry that has an agenda, when the bottom line is money, not health, we can no longer trust the experts. Question everything.
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.
The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.
An historical analysis shows that researchers overstated the consistency of the literature on fat and cholesterol, while downplaying studies on sugar.
Source: Sugar Industry Funded 1960s Harvard Research That Blamed Heart Disease on Fat | State of Health | KQED News