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The sugar industry’s impact on health science

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I came across an article online from the magazine Vox, which was posted recently on September 12th, 2016. In short, the sugar industry has been intentionally distorting health science for over half a century by dismissing the correlation between sugar and heart problems.

Around the 1950’s, there was a huge spike in heart disease. As scientists started looking into this crisis, one study in particular was connecting the dots between the effect of sugar and the heart. Before the results were published, the Sugar Research Foundation interfered by paying Harvard nutrition professors the equivalent of $48,900 for a research interview. This interview would discredit the link between sugar and heart disease. This health study, amongst many others, was manipulated by the sugar industry to dismiss sugar as a cause for heart problems. Saturated fat then became the main culprit.

The truth is that sugar increases triglycerides in the blood, which can thicken artery walls, and in turn, increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart disease. Too much sugar can be just as bad as too much fat for the heart, but most people don’t know that.

Companies need to recognize teir social responsibility companies to the community. The sugar industry isn’t considering how unethical it is to skew information and prevent unbiased studies from being released to millions of people. These large corporations have the social responsibility to minimize the harm of their product.

http://www.vox.com/2016/9/12/12864442/jama-sugar-industry-distort-science

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