This study was covered widely including USA Today, NBC News and other outlets.
From NY Times, an excerpt:
The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.
The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry…
he Sugar Association, paid three Harvard scientists the equivalent of about $50,000 in today’s dollars to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies used in the review were handpicked by the sugar group, and the article, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat…
The New England Journal of Medicine did not begin to require financial disclosures until 1984.
- Full Text from NY Times: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
- A more detailed review from NPR: 50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists
- Related blog post from GutsAndGrowth: Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in 10 Days