Refined Sugar is 8X more addictive and 10X more poisonous than cocaine.
It sounds like a movie plot – men with dubious intentions, a trove of secret documents, and a red herring to distract people from the truth. But unlike cinema, this story is 100% real —
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have uncovered long-hidden truths that manufacturers of sugary processed foodstuffs have attempted to keep hidden. An analysis of internal sugar industry documents has exposed what executives already knew about the health hazards of refined sugar and their unscrupulous plans to deceive consumers into becoming addicts. This addiction starts at infancy with sugar laden formulas and Gerber baby food in jars.
In an article titled “Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents,” authors Stanton Glantz, Laura Schmidt, and Cristin Kearns expose how sugar industry execs buried the truth about the risks of sugar consumption in an effort to push their product on an unsuspecting public.
Authors of the analysis, published in September, 2016’s JAMA Internal Medicine, combed public archives to uncover the trove of nearly 1,600 pages of internal sugar industry communications referred to as the “sugar papers.” The documents expose a sinister scheme to boost sales of sugar during a time in our collective history when public health was facing unprecedented risks – risks that spotlighted an increasingly unhealthy Western diet and the worst record of disease in the world..
Science Links Sugar to Heart Disease
In the mid-1950s, consumer watch-dogs began to link sugar consumption with high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels – two of the primary risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). The sugar papers reveal that executives at Sugar Research Foundation (SRF), an international sugar industry trade organization, were aware of the link between refined sugar and CHD. Heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States, a distinction it still holds today, and public concern about preventing CHD was growing.
This dangerous association did not deter SRFs plans to increase nationwide sugar consumption, a harmful mandate that we know in retrospect was staggeringly successful. Since the 1950s, Americans’ sugar intake has increased three-fold. It is estimated that an average American now consumes between 120-170 pounds of sugar each year, or about 53 teaspoons each day.
Rewind to the mid-1960s: executives at SRF realized that a strategic PR campaign could give their product the illusion of safety while also boosting sales. They brainstormed a plan to deflect the harms of sugar by shifting blame for increasing rates of cardiovascular disease to saturated fat. In so doing, they effectively turned saturated fat into our nations #1 dietary scapegoat for elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides. Please refer to the blog post on this site entitled Deliberate Confusion About Cholesterol and Omega Oils. Saturated fats are mostly healthy fats and the no-fat, lo-fat craze is as crazy as a loony bat, costing people not only their lives but incalculable amounts of money, all into the pockets of big sugar and big pharma. The Matrix plays you like a fiddle and you rarely even have a clue.
To accomplish their ends, SRF commissioned a bogus research project from Harvard University School of Public Health Nutrition called Project 226. Published in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, Project 226 was designed to shape not only public opinion regarding the cause of heart disease, but also the dietary recommendations that would be made by the medical scientism community. By convincing everyone that a low-fat diet was the way to stave-off heart disease, SRF knew that individuals would fill the dietary gap with more sugar. Omega essential fatty oils are just that, “essential”. Processed sugar is just an addictive drug that should be eliminated from all diets. This is one of the countless ways they maintain our state of disease and eventual premature death.
The Bitter Truth Surfaces
UCSF’s academic analysis of the sugar papers focuses on communications between two men: Roger Adams, a then-professor of organic chemistry and sugar industry advisor, and D. Mark Hegsted, one of the Harvard researchers who produced Project 226. These communications reveal several interesting facts:
- Sugar executives paid Harvard ($50k in today’s dollars) and set the objectives for the project;
- Critical facts were suppressed about the role of blood triglycerides in CHD in order to focus solely on the role of saturated fats and cholesterol;
- Industry executives contributed biased, pro-sugar articles for inclusion in the project;
- SRF reviewed project drafts (and ostensibly approved the report) before publication;
- The source of funding and blatant conflict of interest was not disclosed.
UCSF professor and senior author of the analysis, Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, does not mince words: “There are all kinds of ways that you can…manipulate the outcome of a study, which industry is very well practiced at. He who pays the piper calls the tune.”
Refined Sugar’s Death Grip Tightens
Thanks in large part to the success of SRF’s saturated fat campaign, sugar has continued its ascent into dietary dominance. It is one addiction that is literally killing us sweetly. Collectively, Americans eat more sugar than any other nation, consuming in excess of 11 million metric tons of the powdery poison in 2017.
Cardiovascular disease is not the only negative health outcome to stem from a high-sugar, low-fat diet. Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist from California who gained national attention after his lecture, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” went viral in 2009, has shown how excessive sugar consumption plays a key role in the development of obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. His research has led him to conclude that 85% of all diseases in America are caused by lifestyle choices and are, in fact, entirely preventable.
Practicing Sugar-Tainted Medicine
Perhaps the most shocking truth that the sugar papers reveal is the ease with which medical research standards can be violated and the public trust betrayed. The authors of this analysis stated, when speaking about their research, that it demonstrates the need for more integrity and less greed when presenting results of bought-and-paid-for research studies.
The authors emphasize the irrelevance and dishonesty of the peer-review process, and that financial disclosure be mandated in nutrition science. Co-author Laura Schmidt, PhD, comments to the fact that nutrition science was set-back by the ruse of saturated fat, and health policy must now play catch-up to reflect the dangers of sugar consumption.
“There is now an irrefutable body of evidence linking refined sugars to hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which is the No. 1 cause of premature death in the developed world,” Schmidt said. “Yet, health policy documents are still inconsistent in citing heart disease risk as a health consequence of refined sugar consumption.” Once a money-flow mechanism is working smoothly and in high-production, evidence of fraud and bribery are insufficient to change the system to any meaningful degree..
Revealing Big Sugar’s Influence on Dental Health Policy
The researchers were inspired to continue pursuing the truth behind the sugar industry’s influence on the scientism agenda thanks to the results of a previous analysis. Published in the March 2015 journal, PLOS Medicine, Kearns, Glantz, and Schmidt called-out Big Sugar’s interference with the 1971 National Caries Program (NCP), designed to eradicate the growing problem of tooth decay in the nation.
In the early 1970s, it was becoming clear to medical science that sugar consumption was a direct contributor to the development of tooth decay, or dental caries. The NCP, sponsored by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), started out as a scientific initiative to prevent tooth decay, but sugar industry influence altered the program’s priorities.
The UCSF analysis of industry documents between beet and cane sugar executives and NIDR officials reveals that dental health policy in the 1970s was effectively altered by the undue influence of the sugar industry. Rather than emphasizing prevention through adoption of a low-sugar diet, research was pointed towards identifying interventions to be applied instead. Don’t prevent tooth decay; treat it with a vaccine – one of several dead-end applications that were tested and abandoned.
In tactics that were similar to SRF’s manipulation of heart disease prevention priorities, sugar industry insiders contributed nearly 80% of the adopted suggestions for where research in the National Caries Prevention program would ultimately focus. Of course, their suggestions were to look everywhere except at sugar. The authors call the NCP “a missed opportunity” to contribute valuable science on the effect of minimizing sugar consumption on dental caries. The corruption they uncovered is a “historical example that illustrates how industry protects itself from potentially damaging research.
Bingeing on Refined Sugars Leads to Obesity Epidemic
With all of the dirty science bought by the sugar industry to alleviate the facts and the guilt of refined sugar’s detrimental health properties, the trending habits of the Westerners for instant gratification and convenience provided all the further inducement needed for an addictive binge to hook everyone on the sugar drug. Addiction is now rampant and evidenced by the massive obesity epidemic. It is easy, apparently, for consumers to rationalize away any correlation between the addictive habits of overconsumption of sugar and any related health issues. If you don’t drop over dead on the spot, it must not be a problem.
Human Body is a Sugar-Burning System
The irony of it all is that the human body is a sugar-burning system. Of the total food consumed, 85% is converted into a form of sugar called glucose. Each of the trillions of cells in your body require energy to perform their functions. The cells use a process called the Adenosine Tri-phosphate (ATP) cycle, also referred to as the Krebb’s cycle and the citric acid cycle. In this process, ATP is manufactured and used in a fuel to charge the cell’s battery.
So, what’s the problem then? The problem is that simple refined sugars are not able to be stored or preserved within the body. They remain in the blood and must be burned very quickly, faster than the body can utilize them. The body must do something to lower the blood sugar level, so it converts these simple single-carbon sugars into fat, adipose tissue. Then, the body is quickly depleted of its energy source because the liver has no store of glycogen and becomes exhausted. Since we usually don’t eat continuously, once used up, the body is out of energy until the next meal or snack.
Complex Carbohydrates Versus Mono-Carbohydrates
On the other hand, natural sugars from plants are complex carbohydrates, having two or more carbons. Your body can regulate these sugars by converting them into glycogen, which is stored in the liver. Now the body can control and release the glycogen to be quickly converted back into glucose again and utilized in a controlled process according to the energy demands incurred due to activities or work levels. The body uses insulin to control the metabolizing of sugars to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. This is further complicated by a bad tendency to respond to glucose exhaustion by grabbing a candy bar, and starting the cycle all over again.
When the diet makes it impossible for the body to control the blood sugar level, Type 2 diabetes is the result, usually due to insulin deficiency. You can read about diabetes in a post on this site entitled Obesity and Diabetes. If you go to the allopath, he is not going to give you a dietary plan to overcome this disease. Instead, he is going to start you on a regimen of testing your blood sugar level and shooting up on insulin as a means to deal with this problem. That way, you remain diabetic and must return to consult with the doctor repeatedly and incur the expense of insulin test kits , syringes and serum for the rest of your life. This is just how allopathy works. This is just how the Matrix works. One example of a thousand ways to exploit you and keep you coming back for more.
What is the Answer When You Want to Make Something Sweeter?
In the first case, the wrong answer is always processed foods. There is nothing bad about sugar beets or sugar cane. The “bad” comes from the process. How is the plant processed for your consumption? Bad processing can make every good plant of any kind into a totally non-viable poison.
Bad processing is all about appearance, convenience and taste and nothing about health and nutritional viability. If it looks very appealing in an attractive package, is white and crystalline like cocaine, it is appealing. It was processed to be like that. The process is a high-temperature de-molecularizing of the plant to separate out all of the beneficial ingredients and isolate a part of the plant called “sugar”. This word is a broad term because there are numerous forms of sugar. In chemistry, sugars are the ones with the suffix “ose”. This same term covers both good sugars and bad sugars without differentiation. This is the most common trick used on consumers where food naming is concerned. “Bread” covers everything from the pasty sweet white “Wonder Bread” to the hearty fermented full-grains that fed millions of people successfully over tens of thousands of years. Wonder Bread and its likes are pure poisons with no nutritional viability yet both are called “bread”.
The food industry can only do this because consumers do not educate themselves and public education is not about to be of any help in this regard. Children, who are uneducated on these matters, tell their parents they like the Wonder Bread and the white sugar because they like how they taste and have been allowed to acquire such tastes. The parents, who should be educated, acquiesce to their children because they are also uneducated and choose the easy route. Many sugars are hidden within other processed foods and drinks and again, lack of education makes people choose these products to the detriment of themselves and their families.
You Can Never Go Wrong Choosing Nature
The plant produced by Nature is already perfect and can never be improved upon by humans. Never, ever! The reason humans take to processing these plants is first, profits and second, because you select these products in preference to totally integral natural whole foods. If you did not choose the de-natured isolated packaged ingredients in their products, they would have to reconsider their strategies and maybe sell some real food.
The integral whole real plant made by Nature is never an isolated molecule. It is always a complete holistic food that is usually a large complement of different molecules that need to be eaten together in the exact combination as they were made, in order for you to obtain viable nutrition. You do not know more than Nature, who has fed humans successfully for many tens of thousands of years. You are willingly allowing yourself to be manipulated by food processors, your children who watch the TV commercials, and the Matrix, who wants to make sure you and your family do not receive viable nutrition. If you did choose the natural plant- integral, you and your family would not be diseased and feeding the fake allopathic medical industry, the pharmaceutical drug industry, the disease researchers, the hospitals, the insurance companies and all the related paraphernalia companies alike. You can easily learn to feed yourself and your family a viable diet of foods that your body will use to maintain health and wellness by virtue of its own mechanisms. The Matrix has you indoctrinated in its grasp. You have free-will and can choose to break out of its grasp and change your life. It’s worth it .