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How the Sugar Industry Hoodwinked You about the Dangers of Sugar, Using Big Tobacco Tactics

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  • For 40 years, the priority of the sugar industry has been to cast doubt on studies suggesting sugar can make you ill and obese. Meanwhile, according to some estimates the US health system spends about $150 billion a year on sugar-related diseases
  • To protect business, the industry has bought scientists and hired powerful lobbyists to ensure sugar would not be subject to legislative restriction
  • Since 1970, obesity rates in the United States have more than doubled and diabetes has tripled. In order to make any appreciable dent in the current trend, severe sugar and fructose restriction is an absolute must

By Dr. Mercola

When sugar consumption declined 12 percent in two years because people were beginning to look at sugar as fattening, and a potential cause of heart disease and diabetes, the sugar industry crafted a mammoth advertising campaign to bankroll scientific papers and hire lobbyists to ensure sugar would not be subject to legislative restriction.


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