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Sugar industry paid for dietary research in 1960s, analysis shows

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4936 (Published 13 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4936
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The sugar industry not only paid for but also initiated and influenced research to exonerate sugar as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, a US analysis of archival documents published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests.1

Researchers examined internal documents from the 1950s and ’60s, which show that the Sugar Research Foundation sponsored a research programme that successfully cast doubt on the dangers of sucrose while promoting dietary fat as the culprit in coronary heart disease.

The association paid more than …

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