What’s inside the sugar industry’s filing cabinets?

What's inside the sugar industry's filing cabinets?

Internal papers reveal a strategy to safeguard sugar from "opportunists," "pseudoscientists," and "enemies." From 1975 to 1980, this document shows, the Sugar Association spent roughly $655,000 on 17 studies as part of a program designed "to maintain research as a main prop of the industry's defense." Each project was vetted by panel of scientific advisors, but required the approval of a second committee stacked with representatives of a dozen or so food and beverage giants, including Coca-Cola, Hershey's, General Mills, and Nabisco. One of the projects sought to demonstrate that sugar might help relieve depression.

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