“Charlottesville, Va. — On Monday, an article in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to publish a study blaming fat and cholesterol for coronary heart disease while largely exculpating sugar. This study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, helped set the agenda for decades of public health policy designed to steer Americans into low-fat foods, which increased carbohydrate consumption and exacerbated our obesity epidemic.This revelation rightly reminds us to view industry-funded nutrition science with skepticism and to continue to demand transparency in scientific research. But ending Big Sugar’s hold on the American diet will require a broader understanding of the various ways in which the industry, for 150 years, has shaped government policy in order to fuel our sugar addiction.
Today’s sugar industry is a product of the 19th century, when the key federal sugar policy was not a dietary guideline but a tariff on sugar imports. In the decades after the Civil War, Americans’ per capita consumption of sugar more than doubled, from 32 pounds in 1870 to 80 pounds in 1910. As a result, the government got hooked on sugar, too: By 1880, sugar accounted for a sixth of the federal budget.”
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Wendy Fleet Mountain View CA September 17, 2016
“Having fought (and lost) to get sugar in teaspoons on the new Nutrition Label, I have a keen sense of the power of FIC aka Food Industrial Complex. The Label COULD say 28g/7t, and you would then know at a glance that your adorable tiny strawberry yogurt has 7 teaspoons of sugar in it — an absurd & appalling amount YOU would never add yourself. Or that your Big Gulp has 23 teaspoons of sugar in One Drink you drink in 10 minutes. Or that your Fab Healthy Coconut Pomegranate Kiwi Healthy Healthy has 8 teaspoons of sugar in that single healthy healthy drink.
They would change ANYthing on that Label as long as they did not have to clarify/expose sugar. NO one in America gets grams at a glance, so they guzzle in peace — until they fall over dead or into a long grim illness. [Yes yes, I know a subset of seldom-shopping nerds does grok grams, but out of 300 people I asked, one person knew that there are 4 grams to 1 teaspoon.] The ‘Health’ Industry is entirely complicit. Sugar is the Unholy Grail.”