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Nutrition Science: Follow The Money

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For 50 years the sugar industry quietly funded nutrition research to shift the blame of our health ills on saturated fat.

This must read article shows how nutrition science is corrupt. For the last 50 years, the sugar industry funded a lot of nutrition studies that shaped the US dietary guidelines. And what a surprise, those studies shifted the blame for heart disease and obesity on dietary fat and continue to push the myth of eat less, move more.

Thanks to that very flawed research, as well as the stupidity of politicians and bureaucrats, the US government set us on a course in the 1970s where sugar and added sugars became a staple in our diet and healthy fats were drastically reduced.

As Senator George McGovern told doctors, who were warning against implementing the low-fat/high carb (& sugar) guidelines without further research, “Senators don’t have the luxury that the research scientist does of waiting until every last shred of evidence is in.”

So Washington turned us into lab rats. The results? We got fatter and sicker over the last 40 years.

  • Diabetes is up from 4 million to 21 million people. Oh, and 86 million more are pre-diabetic.
  • For the first time, children have a lower life expectancy than their parents. Obesity in children has gone from 1.5 million for boys and girls to 5.4 and 5.8 million, respectively.
  • Overall obesity increased by 200%.

Not sure if sugar is that bad? I suggest you read John Yudkin’s Pure, White and Deadly. Written in 1972, he showed that sugar was a factor in developing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. His research was aggressively attacked by the sugar and processed food industry (including screwing with his funding and trying to stop the book’s publication). And his reputation smeared by Ancel Keys, the leading proponent that fat, not sugar, caused heart disease.

Unfortunately for us the food industry won and the medical science establishment (who continue to receive funds from food and soda companies) ignored real science.

 

 

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