Not as Sweet as You'd Think
Recently uncovered documents have shed light on information that a sugar trade group, now known as the Sugar Association, gave funding to Harvard University to skew the results of a health study. The sugar trade company realized in the 1960s that a trend was starting. Public opinion turned negative about sugar and the sugar trade company created “Project 226.” In this project Harvard was paid by the trade group to do research on heart health, analyze the effects of sugar and skew the data to improve public opinion. This information led the public and practicing doctors to believe fats and cholesterol are the culprit of unhealthy hearts. Although these beliefs have been ingrained in the public’s brains since this campaign, the American Heart Association did publish a study in 2014 stating that too much sugar can increase your risk of heart disease.
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