Fat is not your enemy

From Associated Press via Mashable:

The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.

The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.

This matters to us at UD because most people have had no idea how much of what is called “science” is shaped by various interests, with data addressed and questions framed, to support lobby and interest group views.

We are only now beginning to get a handle on the decades-old problem. There are useful facts out there, but the current system makes them difficult to find.

In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address “negative attitudes toward sugar” after studies began emerging linking sugar with heart disease, according to documents dug up from public archives. The following year the group approved “Project 226,” which entailed paying Harvard researchers today’s equivalent of $48,900 for an article reviewing the scientific literature, supplying materials they wanted reviewed, and receiving drafts of the article.

Companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Kellogg Co. as well as groups for agricultural products like beef and blueberries regularly fund studies that become a part of scientific literature, are cited by other researchers, and are touted in press releases. More.

Keep up to date with Retraction Watch. Also, replication studies are our friends. Watch for whether cool new findings ever get replicated anywhere.

See also: Most people do not need to pay more for whole foods.

Salt is not bad for you, especially (unless you have a specific medical problem where it is contra-indicated.)

Science journalist fed up with “nutrition science”

Nutritionist admits in The Scientist: Much nutrition research is “fatally flawed,” “willfully fraudulent”pseudoscience


Don’t believe all you read about obesity In The Obesity Myth (2004), law professor Paul Campos argues that the true health risks of obesity are often distorted or exaggerated. He notes, ” … fat, active people have half the mortality rate of thin sedentary people, and the same mortality rate as thin active people.” He makes a powerful case that—generally speaking—lack of vigorous physical activity underlies many of the health problems attributed to obesity, and that obsessive dieting is more harmful to health than obesity.

  • Dana Garcia

    I went on a strict Atkins diet a few years ago, which means no sugar, and found the diet very instructive as to the effects of sugar, particularly its addictive nature.

    • H

      Then there’s chocolate, a substance that the Almighty apparently designed to go, immediately upon ingestion, directly to the pleasure centres of the brain ….

      • Dana Garcia

        Decent stevia-sweetened chocolate is available, fortunately.

  • Waffle

    I maintain that additives in processed foods (those “ingredients” with names you can’t pronounce) are more to blame for disease. If you have a chronic condition and have to take prescription medications to control it, continuing to eat processed foods will interfere with the ability of the pharmaceuticals to control your condition. No research is done on this.

  • Inactivity also harms the body.

  • A subject filled with way too many opinions. And too many opinions based on biased fantasy “studies”.

    Do your own study. It’s easy.

    Look at what fat people eat. Don’t eat it. Unless you want to be fat.

    Find a skinny little runt. See what he/she is eating. Follow their example.

    There is no mystery. There is just delusional behavior brought on by junk food addictions.

    • canminuteman

      Not that simple. I know very skinny people who can eat whatever they want. And no I am not fat. I just got home from work after my 20 km bicycle commute. My opinion, for what its worth it that most people are not very active, and it is very easy to eat way more calories than you need. 2000 calories, which is more than most sedentary adults need is not that much food.

      • You can eat 4,000 calories a day of watermelon and not gain weight.

        Junk food kills. The produce department will keep you slim and healthy.

  • JoKeR
  • BillyHW

    Cholesterol causes global warming.

  • BillyHW

    The worst part about all these nutrition lies is that no one will be held accountable.

  • FactsWillOut

    Personally, I have no issue with folk who don’t know how to feed themselves properly bloating and dying.