Buckle up buckaroos; This one is a bit of a doozy. If you’ve seen in the news lately there’s been some revelations into some shady work by the sugar industry back in the 1960’s. Did the sugar industry mislead the public about how damaging sugar is to health? Also, how did they divert away from the negative information they found and associated it with saturated fat which is still vilified to this day.
A spoonful of sugar will NOT make this medicine go down but I think you’ll find this podcast episode interesting. It’s at least a lot better than Dick Van Dykes terrible cockney accent in Mary Poppins
In This Episode You Will Learn:
- Where and how documents were discovered regarding this issue
- The research the sugar association funded looking at heart disease and sugar
- What they found along with some other unexpected revelations
- What the sugar industry “claims” is the case that doesn’t reflect the findings
- The big similarities between the sugar and tobacco industries
- How far back this info goes and why it’s only coming out now
- How Harvard scientists were paid off to report findings
- Project 259
- How sugar is connected to harden arteries and bladder cancer
- Ancel Keys and the vilification of saturated fats
- Cherry picking data, some incredibly shameful practices and why saturated fat took the brunt of the negative press
Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
- New York Times Article
- Details on the original report
- Blog post: Ancel Keys & The Saturated Fat Myth
- A few of the old sketchy cigarette ads featuring “it’s toasted” from MadMen:
You’ve Been A Sweet Sweet Audience & Thanks For Listening!
It’s kind of a scary question when we ask did the sugar industry mislead the public. At the same time, it can’t be a surprise when massive agencies and organizations don’t have our best interests at heart. Ultimately, the bottom line will come before our health and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
The best thing is arming yourself with as much information as possible to get to the heart of the matter. There’s more than enough info out there for you to get a good understanding of issues like this but it does take some work. Use this podcast as a jumping off point to learn as much as possible.
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And here’s a classic Sugar Crisp cereal commercial to play us out..