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Sugar Industry Paid Researchers to Downplay Sugar's Health Impacts

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According to findings by a UCSF researcher, the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay sugar’s role as a risk factor for heart disease in the 1960s and blame fat and cholesterol instead. In a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday, the UCSF authors claim the sugar industry paid Harvard researchers $50,000 in 2016 dollars to “refute” sugar’s possible role in heart disease, which they claim shaped future policy decisions. We discuss the findings and the latest research on sugar’s health effects.


Christopher Gardner, professor of medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center

Cristin Kearns, postdoctoral fellow, UCSF School of Dentistry

Michael Moss, journalist and author, "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us"

Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


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