Sugar Papers Reveal Industry Role in Shifting National Heart Disease Focus to Saturated Fat

By Elizabeth Fernandez

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "A newly discovered cache of industry documents revealed that the sugar industry began working closely with nutrition scientists in the mid-1960s to single out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of coronary heart disease and to downplay evidence that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor.

An analysis of those papers by researchers at UC San Francisco appears Sept. 12, 2016, in JAMA Internal Medicine

The internal industry documents, which were found in public archives, showed that a sugar industry trade organization recognized as early as 1954 that if Americans adopted low-fat diets, then per-capita consumption of sucrose would increase by more than one-third. The trade organization represented 30 international members.

Meanwhile, evidence linking sugar consumption to high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels – both thought to be risk factors for coronary heart disease – began to emerge in the scientific literature and popular press."

See the full story posted in the UCSF News Center here.