Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Why Research Should Be Supported by Public Funding Rather than Depending on Industry Funding

The importance of publicly funded research as opposed to industry funded research was on display in an article published by the New York Times on September 12, 2016.  

The article titled "How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat" focused 3 Harvard scientists who were paid to down play the link between sugar and heart disease. However, that was not the only example given where privately funded scientists skewed the data in favor of their sponsor. Two other examples involving Coca Cola and the Candy Manufacturers Association also showed similar skewed or biased results. 
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On September 12, 2016 the New York Times published an article titled "How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat"
The article revealed that in the 1960s the sugar industry paid scientists to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead. 
The article also goes on to say that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today's dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. 
                       How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

The article reveals how Coca Cola the worlds largest producer of sugary beverages had provided millions of dollars in funding to researchers who sought to play down the link between sugary drinks and obesity. 
In June, the Associated Press reported that candy makers were funding studies that claimed that children who eat candy tend to weigh less than children who do not. 
                         How Candy Makers Shape Nutrition Science

At Life Choice We Understand

At Life Choice we understand the importance of good health. Yet, we also understand that good health can only be achieved if those who are studying health and nutrition do so in an unbiased, neutral and objective way. 

Failure to do so because of any monetary gain or private payoff not only does a disservice to the research profession as a whole, but it shows a complete lack of professionalism and lack of integrity to those who are doing the research. 

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