1960s Sugar Companies Paid Harvard Scientists To Make Fat The Leading Cause Of Heart Disease

A young woman in a bikini eats a Butterfingers brand candy bar as she sunbathes on a beach near Malibu, California, 1970. Source: (Photo by Co Rentmeester/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

In 1967, three Harvard researchers took money from the sugar industry to downplay the harmful effects of sugar. That's right -- it was an old-fashioned, straight-up bribe. The Harvard scientists were conducting a review of reports about the causes of heart disease, and on orders from the Sugar Research Foundation, they fudged their findings and instead pointed the finger at fats. Parents, schools, and individuals have followed the bad tips for decades now, and Americans' health has declined.