“Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies”

I LOVE this article. Don’t worry, not all sugar is bad – just the refined kind. But more importantly, the article explains how the sugar industry is corrupt.


Quick summary:

photo by Chris Buzelli

“Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies” is a persuasive article that tells the reader how the sugar industry covered up the ties from added sugars to heart disease and other chronic diseases like diabetes. It starts off with charts showing the increase in added sugars, diabetes, obese children, obese adults from 1980 to 2010 in America. Then it goes into detail on how the sugar industry began molding the public’s viewpoint of sugar starting as early as 1943. Then it explains that the 1960s and 1970s was when the International Sugar Research Foundation began to dig their selves into a deep hole of deceit. Examples, are that Frederick Stare, chairman and founder of Harvard School of Public Health’s nutrition department was funded by “big sugar” as he conducted his research. He had financial ties to Kellogg, Kraft, and Coca-Cola. The article continues with more evidence explaining the corruption of the sugar industry and wraps it up by comparing the sugar industry to the tobacco industry. The authors, Gary Taubes and Cristin Kearns Couzens, predict that the sugar industry, like the tobacco industry, will be a fight to make right.

Media citation:

Taubes  G, Couzens  CK. Big sugar’s sweet little lies: how the industry kept scientists

from asking, does sugar kill?


      campaign Accessed October 17, 2014.


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