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Unsurprising Revelation

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It does not surprise me one bit that recently discovered documents reveal the influence the sugar industry applied to deflect attention away from sugar and toward saturated fats as the culprit in a link with heart disease back in the 1960s.

nytsugarindustryarticleThis successfully contributed to a national campaign to reduce fat in our diets. How ironic that the net result some 50+ years later is an epidemic of obesity.

I bet that’s not hard on people’s hearts.

A trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, paid three Harvard scientists to publish a report and made it clear that they wanted the results to favor sugar. The rest is history. Bravo. They have profited handsomely and altered the health of a nation for the worse.

The food industry responded by reducing fat in their products, and adding sugar.

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Please, read the labels of processed foods you eat and pay attention to both the serving size and the grams of sugar. You won’t be able to see what percentage of the daily recommended amount of sugar the food contains, because industry lobbyists have successfully influenced politicians to keep that incriminating fact out of sight.

We have to do the math ourselves. Be informed. Eat smart. Be healthy.

Good luck. You will be up against an industry that is banking on people not stopping themselves.

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Written by johnwhays

September 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

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