Big Sugar’s Secret Ally? Nutritionists by Gary Taubes - The New York Times

(Derek I. Batting) #1

Big Sugar’s Secret Ally? Nutritionists

JANUARY 13, 2017

The first time the sugar industry felt compelled to “knock down reports that sugar is fattening,” as this newspaper put it, it was 1956. Papers had run a photograph of President Dwight D. Eisenhower sweetening his coffee with saccharin, with the news that his doctor had advised him to avoid sugar if he wanted to remain thin.

The industry responded with a national advertising campaign based on what it believed to be solid science. The ads explained that there was no such thing as a “fattening food”: “All foods supply calories and there is no difference between the calories that come from sugar or steak or grapefruit or ice cream.”

More than 60 years later, the sugar industry is still making the same argument, or at least paying researchers to do it for them. The stakes have changed, however, with a near tripling of the prevalence of obesity in the intervening decades and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures reveal to be an almost unimaginable 655 percent increase in the percentage of Americans with diabetes diagnoses. When it comes to weight gain, the sugar industry and purveyors of sugary beverages still insist, a calorie is a calorie, regardless of its source, so guidelines that single out sugar as a dietary evil are not evidence-based.

Source: The New York Times | Opinion

(christa) #2

Thanks for linking! I hadn’t seen this yet.

(Derek I. Batting) #3

My pleasure. Hot off the press today.


Gary Taubes keeps at it, doesn’t he? I’m so glad he’s out there doing this, exposing the BS behind the scenes.

(Bacon for the Win) #5

unfortunately many people still subscribe to the CICO theory which green lights sugar. Blows my mind that people think our bodies act like regulated machines. “Well, I ate that piece of cake so that’s an extra hour on the treadmill” a good friend of mine is known to say.