For decades we’ve all been taught that fat is the enemy. That fat is responsible for the extra weight you carry, and it increases your risk of heart disease. What if what we’ve all been taught was completely wrong? What if sugar has been the problem all along?

The Beginning of Heart Disease Research

America first became concerned with heart disease in the 1950’s when Dwight Eisenhower had a massive heart attack. It was a wake-up call, and Americans started taking their heart health seriously. Scientists began to research heart disease, and two differing schools of thought emerged. John Yudkin believed that sugar was linked to heart disease. He found that sugar consumption raised the level of triglyceride fats in the blood, which is known to increase the risk of heart disease. Another researcher, Ancel Keys, argued that it was fat that increased our risk of heart problems. Saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels, which is also linked to heart disease.

Sugar Industry Manipulation

What happened to Yudkin’s research? New evidence suggests that the sugar industry actually manipulated data to show a link between fat and heart disease instead of sugar. A group called the Sugar Research Foundation was formed in 1943 to research the role of sugar in food and to educate the public about sugar. This group is made up of people in the sugar industry. The Sugar Research Foundation funded lots of early research on heart disease. Of course, all of the research they funded cast doubt on the link between sugar and heart disease, while casting fat as the culprit.

Sugar Hits It Big

As more and more people began lowering fat in their diets, sugar became increasingly used in food to give it flavor. Not only had the sugar industry managed to protect it’s market share, they had managed to gain market share with the reduction of fat.

The Truth of the Matter

Research clearly shows that sugar is the root cause of heart disease. Sugar intake raises your triglyceride levels, which increases your risk of heart disease. It also increases visceral fat in your body. Visceral fat is the worst kind of fat for your body to carry. A diet high in sugar increases your risk of dying from heart disease by three times, according to the Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases journal.

The Real Cost

We’ll never know how many people could have been spared from dying from heart disease if the scientific research had been allowed to run its course with no interference. In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled. Instances of obesity in adolescence have increased by four times. Over 600,000 people die every year from heart disease. Clearly, the diet that has been recommended hasn’t been beneficial for our health.