How The Sugar Industry Shaped Our Perceptions of Fat
GUEST: Dr. Stanton Glantz, Professor in the School of Medicine and Truth Initiative Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control at the University of California at San Francisco, and the. He recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association called ‘Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents.’
BACKGROUND: We have grown accustomed to our doctors and nutritionists explaining the dangers of consuming too much saturated fat because of links to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. But only recently have people begun issuing warnings against the consumption of too much sugar.
That is because for years, saturated fat and even fat in general, was considered the taboo dietary ingredient. Store shelves became inundated with “low-fat” and “fat-free” products that were heavily laden with sugar to make up for flavor.
Now, newly unearthed documents show that the sugar industry for decades had played a large role in shifting blame away from sugar and toward fat.