Report: Sugar Industry Paid Scientists to Say Fat Caused Heart Disease

CHICAGO --  Eating healthy can be quite the challenge, especially with with constantly changing information on what you should and shouldn't eat.

New research has been published refuting that fat is what leads to coronary artery disease.

The real culprit? Sugar.

According to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the sugar industry paid for research to keep the link between heart disease and sugar a secret, instead linking it to fats.

In the 1960s, the Sugar Research Foundation told scientists at Harvard to show that getting rid of fat in someone's diet would lead the better heart health.

The JAMA Network reports SRF paid the equivalent of $5 million in 2016 to tell people they needed sugar to keep their energy up during the day and to keep them alive.

JAMA also shows consuming sucrose is the leading cause of death around the world, causing health problems like high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Foods that are labeled as "low in fat" can also be bad for the body because they are full of sugar to compensate for the lack of taste from fat.

You can read the full findings HERE.