The Sugar Conspiracy

in #health5 years ago

by James Corbett
December 9, 2017

An explosive new study in the PLOS Biology journal confirms three things that independent health researchers have been saying for years:

  1. Sugar-heavy diets are worse for your health than fat-heavy diets.
  2. Researchers have known this fact for decades.
  3. The sugar industry actively covered up the research supporting this fact.

The study—bearing the typically unwieldy title "Sugar industry sponsorship of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documents"—reads like an unlikely pairing of crime thriller and academic article.

At the heart of this medical thriller lies the mysteriously named "Project 259," a research study which ran from 1967 to 1971 to examine the link between sucrose consumption and coronary heart disease. From the outside, the project, headed by Dr. W.F.R. Pover at the University of Birmingham, appeared to be just another clinical study in nutritional science. It involved a feeding experiment in which lab rats were separated into two groups, one eating a high-sugar diet and the other eating a so-called "basic PRM diet" of cereal meals, soybean meals, whitefish meal, and dried yeast.

But this was not the passion project of an impartial scientist trying to get to the truth. This was a study sponsored by the "Sugar Research Foundation" (SRF), which (in case you couldn't tell) has organizational ties to the Sugar Association, the trade association of the US sugar industry.

The results of the SRF's experiment, according to an interim assessment issued in 1969, were extremely interesting:

"Among [Project 259’s] observations was … that the urine from rats on the basic diet contained an inhibitor of beta-glucorinidase activity in a quantity greater than that from sucrose-fed animals. This is one of the first demonstrations of a biological difference between sucrose and starch fed rats."

Having been a point of scientific inquiry and debate for decades, the first experimental evidence that sugar and starch are actually metabolized differently was significant enough. But, as the PLOS Biology article explains, the way in which this difference manifested was even more significant:

"This incidental finding of Project 259 demonstrated to SRF that sucrose versus starch consumption caused different metabolic effects and suggested that sucrose, by stimulating urinary beta-glucuronidase, may have a role in the pathogenesis of bladder cancer."

So, surely these results were published to much fanfare and became the touchstone for a thoroughgoing scientific inquiry into the possible sugar-cancer link, right?


"After supporting the project for 27 months, [the Sugar Research Foundation] did not approve the additional 12 weeks of funding needed to complete the study."

Yes, exactly as you would have predicted, the breakthrough study demonstrating a biological difference between sucrose and starch-fed rats was shelved and none of its results were ever published.

But do you want to guess what was published? An article in the New England Journal of Medicine singling out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of heart disease and downplaying the risk of sugar consumption. That study, too, was sponsored by the SRF, but (surprise, surprise!) the sugar industry's role in funding the article was not disclosed when it was published in 1965. It took 61 years for that little factoid to be dug up by researchers and published.

As I say, the fact that the sugar industry has been actively working to cover up sugar's role in coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and numerous other ailments will come as no surprise to my regular readers, and even the most fluoride-addled victims of the mainstream fake news will have heard something of this story by now.

The New York Times of all places broached the subject in 2011, when it dared to ask "Is Sugar Toxic?" It was obediently followed by fellow MSM lapdog 60 Minutes asking the very same question the very next year.

In 2015, Time Magazine upped the ante considerably: "Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, a New Study Says."

And by last year, the jig was up. As the Huffington Post informed us: "Sugar Is Not Only a Drug but a Poison Too."

So what broke the dam? Why did the fake news dinosaur media suddenly open the floodgates on the sugar conspiracy? As always, it was a handful of brave independent researchers who really broke the story and single-handedly championed it in the face of an all-out assault from the Big Sugar lobby until the public finally caught on to the scam. Only then were the MSM (and the nutrition industry itself) forced to finally admit the obvious truth. Dismissed as "cranks" and "quacks," these researchers held firm for decades under incredible pressure.

Just ask John Yudkin. He was the British nutritionist who began ringing the alarm on the dangers of sugar consumption in the late 1950s. His 1972 treatise Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It pulled no punches in its fight against sucrose: "If only a small fraction of what is already known about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive," he writes in his opening chapter, "that material would promptly be banned."

The book, written for the layman and aimed at getting people to understand the health dangers of sugar consumption, was a huge success. Published in the US as Sweet and Dangerous, Yudkin's work was also translated into Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese and Swedish, with a revised and expanded edition was issued in 1986.

But despite this popular success (or, more accurately, because of it), Yudkin became the target of Big Sugar and its well-funded lackeys in the field of nutritional "science." The industry tried to prevent the publication of the book at all, and, failing at that, set to work attempting to destroy Yudkin's reputation. In that task, they were successful. By the time of his death in 1995, Yudkin was largely consigned to the dustbin of nutritional history.

It wasn't until Yudkin's work was rediscovered in 2008 by Robert Lustig, a pediatric endriconologist at the University of California San Francisco, that things really began to change. Lustig made a presentation on the hidden dangers of sugar consumption, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" that became a bona fide viral video, a rare unicorn indeed in the field of 90-minute academic lectures on nutritional science. From that point on, medical researchers and the MSM were forced to admit the piles of evidence that had been staring them in the face (and/or actively suppressed by the sugar lobby) for decades.

As satisfying as Yudkin's posthumous vindication may be, it poses the larger question: How could it possibly have taken so long for such an obvious and undeniable truth—that sugar is the key culprit in a range of diseases and disorders—to be acknowledged? After all, sugar had been a suspected cause of obesity and diabetes for decades before Project 259 and other studies began to collect the hard data on the subject. Even the most uninformed layman can't help but note the incredible correspondence between the rise of sugar in the average diet—going from 18 pounds per capita per year in 1800 to a staggering 150+ pounds today—and the rise of obesity in the general public.

The answer to that question goes to the heart of "The Crisis of Science" that I identified in this column last year. As I observed in that article:

"Modern laboratories investigating cutting edge questions involve expensive technology and large teams of researchers. The type of labs producing truly breakthrough results in today’s environment are the ones that are well funded. And there are only two ways for scientists to get big grants in our current system: big business or big government. So it should be no surprise that large corporations and politically-motivated government agencies are paying for the types of science that they want."

Indeed it is no surprise whatsoever to find intrigues like the sugar conspiracy at the heart of the fetid, decrepit, institutionalized, fossilized, centralized halls of the modern-day academy. It also explains why the GMO conspiracy continues to thrive despite the overwhelming (and mounting) evidence of the ill effects of genetically modified food consumption.

So, on the plus side, the unraveling of the sugar conspiracy shows us that even the most well-funded and institutionally-protected lies can, eventually, be exposed.

On the other hand, it draws attention to a deeper question: How do we change the system so these types of conspiracies don't happen again?

That is a very important question, and one that has some surprisingly simple answers. But that exploration will have to wait for another time.

Until then, I bid you bon appétit. May I suggest you skip the sugary dessert tonight?


I have cut back on sodas and lots of other sugary treats and it is amazing how much better you feel. You get much of the natural sugars your body needs from many fruits that you eat. Bananas and oranges and some other fruits all have natural sugars in them and a much better for you.

There are 3 pillars of taste: Sugar, Salt and Fat. As a society, we are addicted to all of them. When not taken in moderation, each one can kill us.

If you compare a low fat item to its regular fat equivalent, you will always see that salt and/or sugar have been increased to compensate. Similarly, low sugar items usually have more salt and/or oil.

As a manufacturer, I don’t think there is any conspiracy, if it doesn’t taste as good, people won’t buy it.

The produce section is usually at the entrance of most North American grocery stores. But the consumers buy/eat too few fruits and vegetables simply because they don’t taste as good as the processed stuff. (and not as convenient).

A good rule of thumb is to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store when looking for the healthiest foods.

Personally, I try to avoid the processed boxed/packaged foods found down the aisles when I shop.

The CBC's fifth estate also made an excellent episode called The Secrets of Sugar back in 2014, definitely worth a look.

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Well, make sure to eat as much of it as you can. Why limit a gourmand such as yourself to a mere 75 kilos per year? Double that!

And, quit spamming. Spamming shows you are incapable of understanding the post you are commenting. If you want to be perceived as a moron, then keep it up.

And eat lots of sugar.

WOW! This documentary is frightening!

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Look, life is a death sentence. Eggs are just about the perfect food - but there is no perfect food. Every single thing you can possibly consume has some kind of deleterious effect. It's the nature of nature. I am not interested in limiting my diet to only those strange, horribly expensive, foods that have the least negative health effects.

Imma eat what I like, and, just like you, and everyone else, Imma die. Euel Gibbons ate fucking pine trees, for Chrissake. He died of a heart attack before he reached 50. I reckon my bacon and egg fueled life is way ahead of the game at this point, and my breakfast doesn't taste like turpentine.

Live well until you die.

A personal trick that I have learned when it comes to making food choice is putting it into 1 of 2 categories:

A. Medicine
B. Poison

Once you start looking at it like that, it gets much easier to buy the raw organic 🧀 instead of the processed Kraft Mac and Cheese.

It's a little more expensive, so buy some crypto, but your gut (the second brain) will thank you! Cheers :)

If you are looking for something funny to watch about this, check out the Comedy Documentary called Fathead:

It is a poke at the documentary Super Size Me, which exposes it's deceptions.

Sugar is and has never been the problem. Processed sugar is. Sugars found in organic, natural, nutrient filled fruit are what our species was made to digest. They are what we need for lymphatic system, circulatory system, digestive all systems to function well. Our bodies are constantly polluted with toxins, and parasites live in almost all of us. Our bodies become dependent on the foods we eat even if they do not meet what our bodies need. It's a hard thing to accept but try intermittent fasting with healthy fruits and herbs. See how your body heals itself. If you look at our digestive systems they most closely resemble big surprise primates and primates eat mostly fruit. Our bodies healthy natural pH is slightly alkaline 7.4 in blood and lymph. Fruits create this environment in the body. They are absorbed quickly and have a lot of minerals and vitamins needed for the enzymes of our bodies to do their jobs. Sugar that is processed creates an acidic environment in the body and makes you crave more then you need. I suggest you check out Dr. Robert Morse if you wish to learn more about this.

Consider this scenario. Due to protectionist trade policies, you pay 41 percent more for sugar than the rest of the world, and yet you tend to consume it not as the kind of natural sugar that is found in breast milk, but in the form of processed sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup. You make a New Year's resolution to eat healthier, but your choices as a consumer have already been co-opted. Of the 600,000 items in the U.S. food supply, 80 percent are laced with added sugar.

Sugar is the silent killer in the diet... you nailed it on the head here. Great comment @tamaris

No one likes to loose money, neither the sugar barons wherever they might live and produce. Most probably they have the yearly meeting with their investment advisor how to prolong their wealth into the fifth generation from now. Besides they have to convince as much as possible people to use their product so they can keep their wealth. It doesn't matter to them if their employees have only 1 cane stick as their daily meal while they convince those who have more money to purchase their product that makes them sick. It just doesn't matter.
Practically, everyone does this to some degree, only, to some it matters what they do to others and the planet. If the world would turn around on bad consciousness then we all be in rags and very very skinny.
So, may I suggest you to skip your sugary breakfast, as well. (I cup of cereals equals 6 doughnuts) And, because sugar causes addiction try to do it moderately to avoid addiction symptoms. On the other hand cane is good for bones - I guess fresh cane juice, too. So maybe where the winter temperature allows, people should grow it themselves.

At the end you ask: "How do we change the system so these types of conspiracies don't happen again?"

I have an answer. An ethical organizational structure. Something Bob Podolsky has been working on for many years but since hierarchy has been so thoroughly in-bedded into people's minds, it's counter-intuitive at this point. Much like many professions these days. We have been working on a method of introducing this and I'm just days away from making an announcement. The good news is, there is a solution.

As a former government scientist, I would be astounded if there were a way to free research from the bounds of money and politics.

That's why I'm a carpenter.

great post. sugar negatively affects your gene expression, promotes the wrong type of bacteria populations in your gut, speeds aging, and increases chances of cognitive and neurological disorders. In fact, dementia is now being called type 3 diabetes. I have an article I've posted on how bad sugar is.

For more resources, here's a post on my blog regarding Sugar and how it effects Genetics

"That Sugar Film" is a really good documentary on this topic.
Thanks for raising awareness!

I am an addict & sugar is my monkey. Not a joke, I had to get help.

Reminds me of "Fight Cancer Causes - don't just wear the ribbon". Thank you, James, as always.

If sugar is more addictive than cocaine, that's gotta tell you something!

You ladies and gents want to find out how to take back control of your health, lives and sanity check out D. Morse on YT. He's the man, quirky but the man no less. His teachings have worked for me and he's been teaching and preaching the truth for over 50 years....................

I have to laugh about my friend who seems to exist on salad (no dressing - oh the fat!) and nuts to avoid fat (newsflash, these are both containing plenty of carbs) and then binges on sugar laden fat-free frozen yoghurt, cookies and other sweet treats.


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Perhaps the next comment from you I will see will have some relation to the actual content of the post.

I sure hope so.

And also we have to avoid alcoholic drinks, as the alcohol conteined is created by sugar itself.

Good and interesting post!

Good post about Sugar Conspiracy.

I would say that everything under 50 grams of fructose per day is safe. Anything above is dangerous.

We all talk about fruit, detox smoothies that are nothing but full of fructose sugar and nothing else. There are so many vitamins and fiber available in vegetables but without so much sugar.

Something else to consider, depending on what soda you drink and what country you live in, high fructose corn syrup is actually worse than a more natural sugar in the body. Not to mention that is GMO (sprayed with Round-Up)!

sugar is good for mind

Fat and protein are good for your brain. Sugar, in small doses, doesn't hurt. Big doses hurt.

Sugar is love

'Love is the Source of Infection' -- Van Halen

Well truth is sugar mskes things sweet snd thats why im struggling to see a not so good side to sugar

Atkins wrote a book mostly about sugar. That is why we have the Atkins Diet. He thought it caused most heath issues.

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Please check out @miti. He has a great blog that will really help you grow your account, get follows, and lots of upvotes!

So much truth in this documentary. There are corrupt scientist just like in every profession and can be paid off by big business. If only we had some type of government to regulate and keep these crimes from happening.... oh wait we do and they're corrupt also. Props to the real truth seekers who shine light on all the corruption, lies, propoganda etc brain washing the public. Cheers

It's amazing how sicking sweet most things are after you haven't eaten much sugar or even fructose for a while. Your body and taste adjust pretty quickly after you detox from sugar. One of the main problems caused by excessive sugar intake is the damage done to the large instine, the lining of which needs sugars from complex carbs. It thins as it's starved and thins which causes a cascade of inflammatory reponses. The so-called Slow Carb diet is the easiest way to achieve the proper balance for the long run. Ketongenic diets are also effect, but much harder to maintain.

Awesome article Mr. Corbett... sending you support from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The other side of the sugar industry's diabolical scheme is the treatment of labourers. Even the MSM is reporting on this as well:

Yeah great post @corbettreport ! I have dropped sugary drinks and deserts for water (not tap) and fruit. Thanks for the great info as usual!

Great post. Sugar is a killer.

It's also interesting how much better you feel when you avoid carbs too - I've bebn on a Keto diet for a few months now and I feel awesome. It's hard to maintain in terms of discipline, but it's worth it..!

Great post thank you! I am researching healthy food recipes, no-sugar

I think we all know that sugar is bad for us it's just a matter of doing something about it!

I am starting to blog about my 28 day sugar free detox:

My 28 day sugar detox - why im quitting sugar

Great post @corbettreport Check out my latest post I gave up sugar for one month: Here's what happened ! Would love a resteem from someone who understands the ins and outs of big business funded research and Sugar!

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