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For a while now, continuous negative light has been shed on the sugar industry, and its secret is dirtier than Victoria’s.
According to researchers from the University of California at San Francisco, the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) funded an animal research project over forty years ago–and hid the results.
The experiment compared the effects of consuming a high-sugar diet vs a high-starch diet on cardiovascular health. When the results showed that sucrose, or table sugar, was linked to heart disease and bladder cancer, the project was terminated and the data was buried.
Why is this data important?
When the study occurred in the ‘60s, the idea that diet affects our health was relatively new. The most debated topic at the time was the negative effects of fat vs. sugar, and the SRF’s hidden findings showed that sugar was influencing cardiovascular problems and possibly acting as a carcinogen.
Not having access to this data has substantially influenced dietary recommendations. The SRF shifted all the blame away from sugar by working closely with nutrition scientists to single out fat and cholesterol as causes of coronary heart disease.
They even secretly funded a review article in the late ‘60s, downplaying any evidence of sugar consumption leading to heart disease.
Extending the project’s funding any further would’ve been extremely detrimental to the commercial interests of the sugar industry, so they terminated it. Since then, five decades of science manipulation have resulted in the current sugar vs. starch debate.
The real dangers of sugar exposed
Based on the internal documents recovered, the infamous SRF study consisted of two groups of rats: one consuming a high-sugar diet, and a control group consuming a normal diet.
The rats on the high-sugar diet showed a significant increase in triglycerides (a fat found in the blood) compared to those on the normal diet. This evidence is substantial, because we now know that high levels of triglycerides in humans can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
By also comparing rats on a high-sugar diet and rats on a high-starch diet, the project demonstrated that sugar stimulated beta-glucuronidase in the urine, which is an enzyme associated with bladder cancer.
Who can you trust with your health and wellness?
Decades later, we now understand that high sugar intake is connected to heart disease and cancer. When it comes to your health and wellness, it’s essential to consider where you’re getting your facts.
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