After last week’s alert about sugar and heart disease, some people – including a representative from the Swedish National Food Agency (issuing official dietary guidelines) – drew a funny conclusion.
They agreed that sugar is hazardous to the heart, but claimed that the study showed that if you kept your sugar intake below about 8 percent of your energy intake, you wouldn’t be at an increased risk.
This is somewhat embarrassing. It turns out that the group that ate the least sugar in the study consumed about that much (7.4%). The most obvious reason for this group being the healthiest, was that no other group ate less sugar!
So now you know. If you eat only 7.4 percent sugar, you’ll not be at an increased risk… compared to others that eat more sugar.
Using the same logic we could do a study of people who smoke 10, 20 or 30 cigarettes daily. If the people smoking 10 cigarettes per day were found to be the healthiest it would “prove” that smoking this amount of cigarettes per day is safe.
Science according to the Swedish National Food Agency. Continue Reading →