The US government is well-known for covering important evidence which pointed that certain products which generated revenues were, in fact, harmful for the populations. Among these products, there was oil, asbestos, tobacco, and researchers are now able to add one more on the list, namely sugar. A company from the industry covered the results of a study developed almost 50 years ago, which linked the product to higher risks of developing heart disease and cancer.
Evidence showed sugar was related to heart disease
Sugar might be one of your favorite compounds found in food, but you should always consume it with moderation. Before getting ready to jump down a sweet slide this holiday season, take a few moments to consider the harmful effects of the chemical.
The study in question was developed by the Sugar Research Foundation, which developed experiments on animals to see how the compound affected the health of the heart. However, the foundation suddenly terminated the project in 1969, before any results were made public. Several documents which have recently surfaced indicate that this happened soon after it discovered an association with bladder cancer and heart disease.
The sugar industry covered the results and still claims various studies are not clear enough
The documents also revealed that this foundation changed its name in 1968 to the International Sugar Research Foundation. Also, in 1967, it offered funding to an article which discredited the results of a different study which had found the same correlation between the compound and diseases. They blamed the gut microbiome for raising cholesterol in test rats, so they quickly dismissed animal studies as not conclusive enough.
Researchers claim the sugar industry is still promoting these ideas. Many foundations dismiss studies which link the compound with diseases, saying they don’t express a clear causal effect on cancer or heart disease. This is a clear manipulation of the public, similar to the one promoted by the tobacco industry to sell their products.