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Sugar industry sought to sugarcoat causes of heart disease

Payments revealed to authors of influential 1967 report touting fat and cholesterol as problems

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9:00am, September 25, 2016
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NOT SO SWEET  An influential scientific review published in the 1960s, which downplayed the role of sugar in heart disease, was written by researchers who were paid by the sugar industry.

Using records unearthed from library storage vaults, researchers recently revealed that the sugar industry paid nutrition experts from Harvard University to downplay studies linking sugar and heart disease. Although the incident happened in the 1960s, it appears to have helped redirect the scientific narrative for decades.

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