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Monday, October 31, 2016

Does the soda industry manipulate research on sugary drinks' health effects? - LA Times

One hundred percent.

That is the probability that a published study that finds no link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and poorer metabolic health was underwritten by the makers of sugar-sweetened beverages, or authored by researchers with financial ties to that industry.

Compare that figure with 2.9%. Among published studies that found that sugary beverage consumption is linked to higher rates of obesity and diabetes, fewer than 3% were underwritten by the sugar-sweetened beverage industry or authored by researchers who receive money from them.

That stark mismatch is revealed in an analysis of the last 15 years' worth of experimental research studies that explored the health effects of sugary soda consumption. The review, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was conducted by a team of researchers at UC San Francisco.

The group's findings led them to an equally stark conclusion:

"This industry," they wrote, referring to companies that market sugar-sweetened beverages, "seems to be manipulating contemporary scientific processes to create controversy and advance their business interests at the expense of the public's health."


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