So probably the biggest story to come out last week and what will most likely remain the biggest story for a while was the revelation that the original research into sugar was the result of corruption.
If you have been living under a rock for the past week here’s the quick version.
Back in the late 50’s to early 60’s doctors had begun noticing increases in the rate of heart disease.
That triggered research as it usually does and the main culprits being targeted were sugar and fats.
The sugar industry swung immediately into action and bribed some researchers at Harvard University to produce “studies” that completely took the attention off sugar and place it firmly on fats.
Because these “studies” held such authority and no-one ever thought that they could possibly be the result of bribery, the entire thrust of research from that point forward was completely derailed.
Since the seventies we have gone through endless circles of some fats are good and others bad, then the good one become bad and the bad ones are now good and on and on.
All the while the real trouble maker, sugar, was being completely ignored.
This has been likened to the tobacco industry’s knowledge and suppression of its own evidence that smoking will kill you.
So that’s where we are right now and as you can imagine the sugar industry bodies are screaming like little stuck piggies.
Below are a few links to some of this week’s continuing fallout.
- Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too
- Latest “sugar papers” report strikes a nerve
One More for the Road
And I think one final one for this week on the sugar research debacle with a (growing) list of international publications that have picked up the story around the world.
For me the best part is the quote from the sugar industry saying that it’s all a big conspiracy to make sugar look bad in a time when sugar is already looking bad!
Its like Jack the Ripper complaining that everyone is out to get him because of a few misdeed he committed ages ago!
Problems with Nutrition Research
So as an important note to everything that you will read in this week’s post comes the video below.
The real difficulty we are having in the world today is that “facts” derived from research are distributed in a way that gives advantage to one position or another depending on who is distributing that “fact.”
Half baked research is very often never questioned because no-one bothers to research the research!
These messages of “fact” get circulated over and over especially in these days of the internet until they eventually are accepted as fact.
We all need to really stop for a moment and start questioning what we are being presented with instead of automatically agreeing or disagreeing because of whatever “fact” aligning with our existing ideas or beliefs.
We Was Framed I Tell Ya!
Carrying on with the theme of this week’s post on the evolving story of paid research into sugar here is a timely article on some of the food victims that resulted.
Given that researchers were desperately trying to uncover the cause of heart disease on the understanding that sugar was NOT the problem they came up with some interesting stuff.
Remember when eggs were the devil’s work?
Coconut oil would kill you, dairy was death in many forms and on and on.
Well, it turns out most of these like any other food are pretty harmless and in moderation are mostly quite good for you!
A Sad Indictment
I had to add this one for this week because it is not only a tad bizarre but a sad commentary on where we are as a species.
This is a BBC video piece on the training that their emergency services personnel go through these days and is now part of their standard training.
Essentially the process is dealing with how to handle an obese person in an evacuation situation.
They use a 30 stone (420lbs) mannequin to practice extracting obese people who are immobilized from a number of different locations under different scenarios.
Because demand for this type of action has increased by over 30% in the past three years.
Bear in mind that these figures come from only one part of the U.K. in Wales.
I can only imagine what the situation is in America!
Sleeping In on the Weekend is Not an Activity!
OK this is a recent study and the findings are pretty clear.
Sleeping in on the weekend is definitely not good for you!
People who do it are more likely to suffer from heart disease, have elevated (bad) cholesterol levels and are prone to insulin resistance.
In fact after researchers imposed other restrictions on the participants with regards to food, water and alcohol intake the findings did not change.
So the lesson is that if you have a day off the best thing to do is to maintain your regular schedule.
You can enjoy lots of great recreational activities on the weekend if you do get up early and just bear in mind that sleeping in is not a recreational activity!
Well as you can see by the quote at the end of this entry there are probably no real surprises here!
What does surprise me is that people still actually go to Starbucks.
Clearly they are not lovers of coffee because I can’t say that a Starbucks coffee tastes much like coffee anyway.
I guess it’s the kind of place where you can get a drink that ticks all the boxes for having a cup of coffee with the added bonus of not actually tasting like coffee.
For me, I actually like good coffee so I never go there.
“Taking the milk out of the equation – most of the drinks at Starbucks are still filled with a ton of sugar, natural flavors, preservatives, thickeners, emulsifiers and other artificial additives.”