There are people who preach on street corners who proclaim the end is near. Others don tinfoil hats and say aliens are in Area 51.
It’s all just another day in America.
Then sometimes, we hear things we tell ourselves must be conspiracy theories because we don’t want to believe them to be true.
So when someone suggests there was a corporate conspiracy to shape the modern American diet, you, as a rational person, dismiss it out of hand.
But this time. It’s actually true. And it doesn’t come from an obscure group of mentally unstable people.
No, this actually comes from, ironically enough, the American Medical Association.
In the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Internal Medicine, they found internal documents from Big Sugar that suggested lobbyists had actually influenced scientific consensus.
So what did they uncover? Read on to find out…
Big Sugar pointed the finger at fat
Our story begins in the 1940s, where coronary heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States (presumably, they counted deaths from the war as outside the US).
Naturally, scientists wanted to know what caused it. They came up with different theories, but the consensus was that fat was to blame.
One of the most famous, the Seven Countries Study, was a research endeavor that lasted more than 20 years. People were initially skeptical, but the scientific community pushed it for years. They even said that heart disease was linked to obesity (right), and that fat caused obesity (wrong).
Some things are believed because they’re true, others are believed because people assert them repeatedly.
And this is certainly the case here. Because fat wasn’t the only thing scientists considered in the 50s. No, in fact, they also considered sugar a culprit.
So why did the momentum build towards fat and not sugar? Because in 1965, the Sugar Research Foundation sponsored a research project by The New England Journal of Medicine that downplayed the role of sugar in heart disease and instead pointed the finger at fat.
Naturally, they didn’t disclose that THEY funded it. This behavior continued, and the amount of money they poured into it directly correlated with the scientific consensus. Coincidence? I think not.
Why we fell for the myth
Americans are fierce, individualistic people. When someone tells us what to do, we don’t do it. It’s part of our heritage and identity.
So why did we buy a one-size-fits-all diet that everyone should eat?
It’s because we became obsessed with looking good. It was part of the 20th-century culture. It was around before World War II, but it really took off in the 80s.
We wanted to be slim and control our weight. And who is the authority on weight? The medical establishment, of course.
And that consensus leaked into politics and the Department of Health, which is where we get that ridiculous food pyramid they taught us in school. Anti-fat health propaganda REALLY took off.
If the political establishment hates fat, how do you think the food industry reacted? They replaced fat with sugar in their foods and flooded our grocery shelves with it.
They advertised ‘low-fat’ to death, and given the consensus, there was hardly any pushback on advertising regulation.
When all your local food is full of sugar, and there’s nobody to tell you it’s bad, is it any wonder we became a sugar-eating nation?
The REAL Truth
Thankfully, the tide is beginning to turn. More and more people have realized that fat is not the enemy.
Thanks to good science, the link between fat, cholesterol and heart disease is weaker than ever. Instead, we know inflammation and sugar are the actual culprits.
You can see this in popular culture with the rise of the keto diet. Despite constant smears by quacks who cling to the outdated notion that fat is bad, keto is becoming increasingly popular.
It’s because fat works very well with our bodies. We’re designed to use fat for energy. Our ancestors did it for generations, and nothing has changed.
It’s why there are so many health benefits to keto even beyond weight loss. It reduces inflammation and can actually increase the good cholesterol in your body.
It’s only a matter of time before this becomes the new consensus and we can wave goodbye to junk science that corporations want you to believe…
Skepticism is a wise rule to live by. Just because the media, the government and the establishment tell you something is good, it doesn’t automatically mean it is. These people are flawed, just like the rest of us, and shady money often plays a factor.
Instead, look at the facts. The science is very clear on this: fat is good for you, and sugar is not. If only corporate interests hadn’t steered us in the wrong direction, we might have had fewer heart attacks in the last century. Let’s hope we can make up for lost time…