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The Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Harvard Scientists To Make Fat Look Bad, 50 Years Ago

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Sit back and listen to his sweet piece of sugar news. NPR reports that in the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that played down how dangerous sugar was and shifted the blame of heart disease to fat.

A recent article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, sheds some light on what transpired 50 years ago. Through internal documents, the article shows that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation was trying to disprove the role of sugar in heart disease.

Around that time, there had been concerns about sugar being a possible contributor to the coronary illness. In an effort to quell the issue, the SRF took action.

In 1965, the SRF sponsored a report from Harvard nutrition professors that essentially said there wasn’t much of a link between sugar and heart disease. Instead, that report shifted the blame to fat and heart disease. There was not even any mention at all that the sugar industry had sponsored it.

We know today that too much sugar essentially leads to weight gain and diabetes, significantly contributing to the risk of heart disease.

Now we can’t help but wonder what else is low-key bad for us. Fortunately, it’s almost time for lunch and we’re grabbing some BBQ. Nothing healthier than some good all-American red meat.

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Aerosol Spray Cake Batter Is Like Miracle Cheez Whiz

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Mama always said not to lick the spoon. She didn’t say anything about eating straight from the can.

As a school project back in 2013, Harvard student John McCallum was seeking out ways to “eat more cake” when he noticed someone spraying whipped cream from a can, reports the Boston Globe. The inspiration was instantaneous. McCallum decided to test if the accelerant used in aerosol cans could also be used to raise cakes without baking soda or baking powder, effectively creating instant cake batter Cheez-Whiz.

And here we are.

Sadly, McCallum went with the name Spray Cake instead of Cake Whiz, but the results from his months-long research and development are still pretty damn magical. Unlike traditional cake batter, Spray Cake can be made in the microwave in only a minute, and in as big or small portions as you’d like. It also apparently has the same mouthfeel as cakes baked in traditional ovens.

Now if you’d please excuse us, we’re gonna go spray this all over our cookie dough ice cream.

H/T Gizmodo

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This Burger Just Went H.A.M In Space

This is what you do when you attend Harvard; you send burgers into space. These five students put their intellectual hard hats on and sent a peace offering up to the extraterrestrials in the form of a two-day-old hamburger.

The modern day Magellans glued the hardened, shellacked burger and sent it into the air with a camera recording the journey. The burger literally reached astronomical heights. Unfortunately, no aliens took to the peace offering, and the burger sadly fell back uneaten. I have two theories as to why the aliens didn’t want the burger. The first, is it was two days freaking old! Who wants a burger after two days? That’s gotta be a burger’s half-life right? Second, they forgot the fries and drink. That’s just common intergalactic courtesy. Although, they would’ve had better luck finding their outer space equivalents if they had sent the burger at the same time as this Natty Light.

 

Video Courtesy YouTube