Fats have been blamed for the last 50 years for the world’s ever-growing waist line. Yet, in an investigative report by the LA Times, it turns out that the sugar industry paid “scientists” (now deceased) the equivalent of $50,000 to downplay the role of sugar and up-play the role of fats. This “scientific” report continues to influence nutrition science to this day as one of the “scientists” became he head of nutrition at the US Department of Agriculture and helped draft nutritional guidelines, while the other became the chairman of Harvard’s nutrition department.
Make no mistake, the world’s waist line in general, and Americans’ in particular, is growing and it’s impacting not only your health but the economy as more people fall victim to diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, etc. all of which requires extensive and expensive medical treatment. Yet, according to a lot of non-corporate funded scientists, all of these ailments can be traced back to over-consumption of sugar which can be found in almost all, if not all, processed foods under different names such as:
- Glucose (also known as dextrose)
Of course, the sugar industry is not alone in paying to tilt “science” its way. For example, an investigative report from the New York Times revealed that Coca Cola provided millions in funding to a non-profit to downplay the role of sodas for the same problem. According to Coca Cola, we should focus less on what we eat and drink and more on exercising. Mr. Steven Blair, VP of the organization Coca Cola is funding, stated that:
“Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh they’re eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’ — blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks and so on. And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”
It seems that Mr. Blair hasn’t read the many (non-corporation funded) studies linking over-eating and eating/drinking “empty calories” foods and drinks to the obesity issues… or is it possible that Mr. Blair is just following the money trail? Shortly after it was revealed that the non-profit was tied to Coca Cola, it ceased operations (click here for a more comprehensive report). Things that make you go “hmmmm!”
However, replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame but not including honey and real stevia (many, many products pretending to be stevia, such as Truvia, are not), is in many ways much worse. But that’s a subject for another day.
As my 2-legged says: “Follow the money trail!”