How the Sugar Industry Artificially Sweetened Harvard Research

A revelation that the U.S. sugar industry influenced the research findings carried out back in the 1960’s to protect their trade. The researchers at that time suggested that sugar didn’t play a role in coronary heart disease.

Key takeaways:

  • A dentist-turned-researcher has dug through boxes of letters stacked away in a Harvard library and found a trail of correspondence initiates by the trade group called Sugar Research Foundation.
  • The Sugar Research Foundation paid for the studies that were to protect the reputation of the sugar industry in public.
  • The researchers bankrolled two Harvard researchers to publish results that influenced the public to think that sucrose did not play a role in coronary heart disease.

“Science is not supposed to work this way,” she wrote in an accompanying commentary. “Is it really true that food companies deliberately set out to manipulate research in their favor? Yes, it is, and the practice continues,” Nestle added, noting that Coca-Cola and candy makers have both tried recently to influence nutrition research.

Read the full story here

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/sugar-industry-artificially-sweetened-harvard-research/

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