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January 2017 Issue

Sugar Industry Downplays Role in Heart Disease

The sugar industry downplayed the dangers of sugar consumption, suggesting instead that dietary fat and cholesterol are to blame in heart disease, researchers say. The study, using historical documents and materials from the 1960s, suggests the Sugar Research Foundation (now the Sugar Association) kept early warning signs that sucrose consumption was a risk factor for coronary heart disease under wraps. Though sugar control policies are now actively promoted, added sugars are inconsistently linked to CHD (the leading cause of death, globally) risk, supporting the need to question food industry-funded studies, which may be potentially self-serving, according to the researchers.

JAMA Internal Medicine, September 2016