A new study has revealed that in the 1950s and 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed sugar’s role in causing coronary heart disease, and instead shifted the focus onto dietary fat and cholesterol intake as the cause of CHD.

The study, conducted at Harvard University using publicly-available documents, found that, much like the influence that big tobacco had on scientific studies regarding the health effects of cigarettes, the Sugar Research Foundation (today called the Sugar Association) conducted a campaign in 1964 aimed at addressing negative public perception regarding sugar, in response to emerging medical research that implicated sugar’s role in promoting coronary heart disease (CHD).
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It is well-documented that, due to their high sugar content, regular consumption of soft drinks has been linked to the development of various health problems including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

A new study has suggested that their negative physiological effects may be even more far-reaching, however, concluding that even consuming just one soda per day can cause premature aging.

The study identified that sodas affect telomeres, the protective caps found on the ends of our chromosomes, by increasing the rate at which they decrease in size. This happens naturally as we get older, but drinking sugary sodas hastens the process significantly.
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After years of being told that fat consumption is a dietary no-no, the latest research indicates that sugar, not fat, is the real demon in our diets.
Fat was labelled the bad guy years ago in what was essentially a political decision which pandered to the immense weight of the sugar industry.
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Sugar can make you stupid and margarine makes you aggressive and salt gives you high blood pressure, right? Wrong.

Nutritionists used to tell us that salt would raise our blood pressure, cause hypertension and increase the risk of premature death, but that argument has always been controversial and difficult to defend.

In the June 3rd edition of the New York Times, Gary Taubes quotes researcher Drummond Rennie as saying that the eat-less-salt message had "made a commitment to salt education that goes way beyond the scientific facts."
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