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New report highlights battle by the industry to counter sugar’s negative health effects, and the cushy relationship between food companies and researchersInfluential research that downplayed the role of sugar in heart disease in the 1960s was paid for by the sugar industry, according to a report released on Monday.With backing from a sugar lobby, scientists promoted dietary fat as the cause of coronary heart disease instead of sugar, according to a historical document review published in JAMA Internal Medicine.Though the review is nearly 50 years old, it also showcases a decades-long battle by the sugar industry to counter the product’s negative health effects.Link to study paper in JAMA internal medicineJAMA Internal Medicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal published twice a month by the American Medical Association.Early warning signals of the coronary heart disease (CHD) risk of sugar (sucrose) emerged in the 1950s.
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