Sugar, Besides Fat, is Guilty for Heart Diseases! Here is Why!
We all care about our general health. Also, we all read and know how sugar is bad for our health especially for heart diseases. Scientists start to confirm nowadays that sugar is actually even worse of fat when it comes to heart diseases.
Even though, until recently we thought that fat is the main reason for causing heart disease, new findings reveal that sugar is worse than anything else.
The findings, revealed in a special report in JAMA Internal Medicine, have actually shocked many people in the research community.
Harvard professor of nutrition Dr. Mark Hegsted co-directed the SRF’s first heart disease research project from 1965 to 1966.
In the new report, Laura A. Schmidt of the University of California, and her colleagues uncovered correspondence that show how Dr. Hegsted was commissioned by the SRF to reach a specific conclusion.
In 1954, the foundation president Henry Haas gave a speech highlighting the potential of reducing American fat intake and recapturing those calories as carbohydrates that would therefore increase the per capita consumption of sugar by more than a third.
In 1962, an American Medical Association nutrition report indicated that low-fat high-sugar diets may actually encourage the development of cholesterol.
Two years later, SRF vice president John Hickson proposed that the SRF create a program. That program will counter ‘negative attitudes towards sugar’.
Epidemiological reports began to suggest that blood sugar, rather than blood cholesterol or high blood pressure, was a better predictor of atherosclerosis.
Just two days after The New York Herald Tribune ran a full page story on the link to sugar in July 1965, the SRF approved Project 226, a literature review on cholesterol metabolism to be led by Hegsted and, among others, Fredrick Stare, another Harvard nutritionist with industry financial ties.
Nine months later, Hegsted explained that there is delay of the project to continually rewrite rebuttals to new evidence linking sugar to heart disease.
By September of 1966, Hickson was asking for additional drafts of the literature review from the Harvard researchers.
By November 2, Hickson had approved the latest draft. The two-part review concluded that the only change necessary to prevent heart disease was to reduce dietary fat intake. The publication of the review was in the NEJM. Then the following year with no mention to the participation of SRF in the study. The study did not require conflict of interest disclosure until 1984.
Large amounts of sugar and saturated fats are detrimental to health and their effects are hard to separate.
Today, industry money still funds a lot of scientific research, but increasingly journals and scientists disclose this information.
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