It’s not news that sugar is bad for your health, but just like anything else we consume information on the degree to which it negatively impacts us can vary depending on your source. For decades we were told that a low fat diet was the key to good health. During this time, few took notice as the fat content of packaged “healthy” foods went down and the sugar content went up.
Just over a year ago The New York Times wrote a piece detailing how, in the 60s, the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and to pin fat as the culprit instead. Last month The Times printed another article on additional documents that have been released providing even more evidence that the sugar industry hid research findings exposing the health implications of sugar consumption.
According to the article, these recently released documents show that research funded by the Sugar Association found that sugar may promote bladder cancer as well as heart disease. Researchers were also on the brink of discovering how the negative effects of sugar may be the result how our bodies metabolize it, but funding for the research program was stopped.
Similar to the tobacco industry, the sugar industry has long denied that their product plays a unique role in health problems — despite a large amount of independent research proving otherwise. The article goes on to explain that the research program’s funding was pulled once findings started to look unfavorable for sugar. The researchers are no longer alive to discuss their findings and the Sugar Association claims that the studies were stopped due to financial and organizational restructuring reasons.