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Evidence from 1970 on sugar’s effects on health never saw light of day

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 21 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5379
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

A sugar industry research group had evidence of an association between sucrose consumption and cardiovascular disease and bladder cancer nearly a half century ago, researchers have found, but the research was discontinued.

The charge comes from a team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, who analysed archived internal documents and other papers from the Sugar Research Foundation and groups that succeeded it.

Groups associated with the sugar industry have repeatedly claimed that sucrose does not have any metabolic effects related to chronic disease other than those associated with its energy content. The new analysis, published in PLoS Biology,1 dismisses those claims and states that the industry knew of evidence to …

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