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

By | September 12, 2019

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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.

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Research into the health pros and cons of the many things we put into our bodies is vital to our health. It may surprise some to learn that the science regarding the foods and liquids we put into our bodies changes as researchers make new discoveries. Believe it or not, at one point humans thought cocaine, tapeworms, lobotomies, and tobacco actually helped various maladies and our overall health!

This quote from CNN might blow your mind:

Cocaine was promoted as a wonder drug, sold as a cure-all and praised by some of the greatest minds in medical history, including Sigmund Freud and the pioneering surgeon, William Halsted.

Clearly, many mistakes were made, hopefully, honest ones. However, when greedy executives try to meddle in science like the sugar industry attempted to do in the ‘60s, people’s health is put at risk.