Sugar and the Link to Heart Disease and Cancer
Several scientific studies have at different times been initiated to clarify the link between sugar and cardiovascular disease and cancer risk. It came to light recently that some of the findings from these studies had been suppressed by the sugar industry. In what appears to be an organized and planned suppression of facts, the industry abruptly ended this research. It had become clear that excessive consumption was linked to increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases and bladder cancer in particular.
The 1967 Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) Study
The SRF was a US trade group funded by the sugar industry and in the year 1967, the group carried out an animal research to determine the possibility of consumption affecting the heart’s health. They found the results were showing an increased risk of both heart disease as well as bladder cancer. The group had to pull the plug on the research and the findings were never to be published.
It was not until November 2017 publication of PLOS Biology by the University of California at San Francisco that all these revelations were then made known to the public. In what can only be described as a conspiracy, the industry had intentionally suppressed facts in favor of profit. Another secretly-funded 1967 SRF research, also downplayed the link between sugar and heart disease. Trying to insinuate that certain gut microbes were responsible in the increase in cholesterol levels, for rats fed with both starch and sugar.
A year later, the group changed its name to International Sugar Research Foundation (ISRF). It was reported that another study to show possible nutritional effects of bacteria in the intestinal tracts of rats after sugar consumption versus starch. The project was undertaken at the University of Birmingham and suggested that the gut bacteria were able to help offset the effect of sugar on cardiovascular health. But evidence of increased bladder risk was also suggested.
An internal document by the ISRF in 1969 clearly stated that this showed a biological difference between the effects of starch and sugar on human health. But not long after this the project was once again terminated without completing the research. Another 2016 study that showed a correlation between sugar consumption and with increased cancer metastasis and tumor growth in mice. This was dismissed by the industry body of lacking ‘no credible link’ in what appears to be evidence suppression.
The real dangers of excess consumption
The findings by the University of California at San Francisco, traced the intentional suppression of evidence of related health problems over 50 years. Even drawing comparisons between the actions of the sugar industry to that of the tobacco industry. When you consider this with the fact that Americans are consuming sugar at unprecedented levels, this will in many cases lead to diabetes. With 29 million US citizens affected alone, diabetes is seen by many health experts as a gateway to wider health issues. The high blood glucose from diabetes damages the blood vessels and nerves, this in time leads to heart disease.
It is high time the industry come forth with their findings concerning the increased risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. There are serious potential health risks that look to be associated with this “silent killer”, and the public deserve to know the truth.
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