Why We Should All Be Outraged at the Sugar Industry

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You know when you read a news story and it just gets your blood boiling?
Well, rarely do I read articles about health and nutrition that get me ragey, but this one did it. And if you haven’t read yet on how the sugar industry basically bribed its way into making it erroneously look like fat — not sugar — was the main culprit for the increase of incidence of coronary heart disease, check out Kristen’s recent post that breaks down the facts here. And then prepare to get upset, too.

There are a few different reasons why this news really, really pisses me off. Here they are … all terrible. All rage-worthy.

1. It shows corruption in research.

You know what’s cool? SCIENCE.

Science that you can trust. Science that you can believe in. Researchers that are telling the truth and not just out to make a buck. Or 50,000 of them.

2. It’s likely hurt and even killed people.

You guys are familiar with the tobacco industry and cancer, right? And how terrible that was? Well, this is basically that, just for sugar.

Meaning that recommendations and guidelines for foods everywhere — from “healthy” packaging claims to what patients get served in the hospital to what your doctor tells you to eat — have been developed from research and studies such as this. And that info is just plain wrong. You were told to avoid fat, when really, sugar was more to blame for heart disease.

3. It’s discredited solid research and people who want to truly help.

Not only did it result in dietary recommendations that didn’t really have health as the true goal, but along the way it delegitimized good people who had it right and kept saying that excess sugar was linked to unhealthy outcomes.

Heck, we’ve been saying healthy fats aren’t the problem for years!

4. It shows how powerful outside organizations can be.

The fact that this has been going on since the 60s and just now got publicly called out is distributing, no?


5. It creates a crapton of work to right the wrong.

You know how long it can take to reverse cultural norms and trends. I mean, SO many people associate fat with heart disease and gaining weight. And it’s taken decades for those “facts” to become common knowledge. So, how long will it take to correct this? Will the people who really, really need to know it see it? Are medical professionals up on it? Will policies change? Will the everyday person have any idea? How long will it take to set the record straight?

Did you guys hear this news and get as fired up as me? Leave me a comment with your thoughts, ragey or otherwise. Jenn

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  1. Anna Becker says:

    Not surprising. I woke up years ago after I kept asking my doctors (yes several different ones) to show me a study – just one – that showed how cholesterol affected the heart. After being told I was not smart enough to read a medical study (though not asking about my education), being belittled because “it has been proven beyond a doubt”, etc., I finally got one doctor who directed me to a medical study site, and told me to research the MRFITS study, which started the cholesterol scare. It was a study of Multiple Risk Factors (hence the MRF) including high blood pressure, smoking, and cholesterol. No wonder the study showed these people had heart problems. So then I went through that website for 6 long months and NEVER found one independently funded study that showed cholesterol alone having any negative affect on the heart. In fact, I have read long term studies from other countries that show that people with cholesterol of over 250 live an average of 10 years longer!! I have become a big advocate of doing your own research. I can read studies and interpret them as well as anyone else, and so can you. Industry has way too much influence over these studies by endowing chairs and funding the studies. That won’t change. Take control of your information sources. It’s your body, your health, and ultimately your responsibility.

    1. Jenn says:

      Wow, Anna. That’s incredible!!! (And frustrating and crazy!)