Internal documents from the 1960s show a Harvard coronary heart disease study was probably skewed, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday.
The report by researchers at
In the 1960s, physiologist
SRF’s vice president and director of research John Hickson said the Sugar Research Foundation “could embark on a major program” to squash “negative attitudes toward sugar.” His plan was to review the existing reports, find “weak points” and “replicate the studies with appropriate corrections” to argue against critics of sugar consumption.
Hickson hired Harvard nutrition experts to put together a fresh, well-crafted 1967 study.
Monday’s report cites the industry continued to fund research that sidestepped sugar’s effects on health, including a 1970s review influencing the 1976
“The industry may have a long history of influencing federal policy,” the JAMA report says.
The coronary heart disease report ultimately published with no indication it was funded by the sugar industry. In 1984, NEJM began requiring authors to disclose all conflicts of interest.