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Study Tied to Food Industry Tries to Discredit Sugar Guidelines

If you’ve heard about a new medical journal article purportedly shooting down sugar’s link to ill health, don’t get too excited: According to The New York Times, the authors of that article have ties to the food and sugar industries. The truth is this review was paid for by a group funded by multinational food and agrochemical companies including General Mills, Hershey’s, Kellogg, Kraft Foods and Monsanto.

I’ve talked about industry ties to health care positions so much that I feel like the proverbial broken record. Just a few weeks ago, unearthed correspondence revealed how the sugar industry manipulated nutrition science for decades, even when research repeatedly showed that excess sugar damages your health.

A historical analysis provides substantial evidence that the sugar industry has always manipulated, molded and guided nutritional research to exonerate sugar and shift the blame to saturated fat instead — with one of the industry’s “studies” showing that eating candy can actually help you lose weight. They’ve become so successful at these sugar lies that diabetic literature often doesn't even mention the need for restricting sugar.

Diabetics are also urged to use artificial sweeteners, even though studies have clearly shown that artificial sweeteners promote weight gain and worsen insulin sensitivity to a greater degree than sugar.

The answer, then, is to restrict your sugar, yourself. Cut it back, with the aim of eliminating it by ditching processed foods and sweetened beverages. Use fresh fruits in moderation for a sweet snack; add spices to meals instead of sugar; and if you need to add a sweetener, use stevia or Luo Han instead of artificial sweeteners.
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