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Sugar-Coated 'Facts'

An old study is shining new light on the truth about what sugar does to your health —and the lengths to which the sugar industry has gone to keep consumers in the dark for decades.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, uncovered and recently released historical documents revealing that Big Sugar covered up research linking a diet high in sugar to high blood cholesterol levels and cancer in rats.

According a report in the journal PLOS Biology, in the 1960s, the Sugar Research Foundation (known today as the Sugar Association), funded animal research that studied the effects of sugar consumption on cardiovascular health—and then suppressed the research.

Stanton A. Glantz, one of the study’s co-authors, said:

“This is continuing to build the case that the sugar industry has a long history of manipulating science.”

Read the PLOS Biology study

Read the New York Times report

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