It has been uncovered that in the 1960s the sugar industry paid researchers to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease while shifting the blame on saturated fats. This is important news considering the sugar industry may have had a significant role in shaping today’s dietary recommendations. This article by the New York Times illustrates some of the ins and outs of how the food industry continued to influence nutrition science through funding researchers. Today medical journals require researchers to disclose funding sources. As far as the sugar verses fat debate, the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association, and other health authorities warn that added sugar may increase cardiovascular risk. Dr. Willett, Chairman of Nutrition at Harvard stated “given the data that we have today, we have shown the refined carbohydrates and especially sugar-sweetened beverages are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, but that the type of dietary fat is also very important,” he said. As Dietitians, and health professionals, it is our aim to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information to our clients to promote health. Let us help you have a healthy, nutritious, and well balanced diet. To read more check out this article!