Sugar review: re-writing history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

By Katherine Rich, chief executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council, FOOD Navigator, 19-Sep-2016.

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a historical analysis of internal sugar industry documents. In it, academics from the University of California, San Francisco accused the sugar industry of paying three Harvard scientists in the 1960s to downplay any connection between sugar consumption and heart disease by conducting a literature review of the science of the time.

In “Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents”, Cristin Kearns, Laura Schmidt and Stanton Glantz claimed they had proof that the Harvard nutrition professors had been doing the bidding of sugar companies and published biased research.

Katherine Rich digs up the facts behind the resulting headlines around the world, which presented this as a great food industry conspiracy, and finds that in fact the paper admits that there is no direct evidence that the sugar industry influenced the original literature review, and that three Harvard nutrition professors have had their reputations unfairly damaged.

Read the full article at FOOD Navigator.

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