Does Big Soda Manipulate Research on Sugary Drinks’ Health Effects?

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Does drinking soda make you fat? Some studies say yes, some find no connection at all. So what should you believe?

A new investigation finds an interesting pattern: Every single study that finds no connection between sugary beverages and obesity is funded by Big Soda:

Not so shocking, perhaps, as it was recently revealed that the industry has a long history of downplaying health risks with sugar.

This is just another reason to be very skeptical of statements influenced by the industry, such as the one that you can drink as much soda as you want as long as it’s “in moderation” and you don’t take in too many calories. They’ll apparently tell any lie to keep people buying.

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4 Comments

  1. Tim
    The even bigger question is, who is so naive as to believe stories put out by companies looking to sell a product? That's they're whole reason for being, to make money.
    The answer is, apparently the bureaucrats and health authorities believe them...along with a whole whack of 'health professionals'. The product, Ensure, half sugar, is ubiquitous in hospital meals.

    Then something even more strange happens, some believe these same naive (to put it kindly) health authorities will be our salvation through regulation and taxes.

    Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me.

  2. Rob
    I am looking for a lab to run an LDL particle size analysis for me in Switzerland. In my search today I uncovered this tasty little tidbit about a research study (small) about fructose and dyslipidemia and LDL particle size in Swiss school children aged 6-14 years done back in 2007 in Switzerland.

    http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/4/1174.full

    Having lived through the 80's, 90's, and 00's in Canada and being a type 1 diabetic since 1981 I can see the writing on the wall here in Switzerland where I've lived for 4 years. Energy drinks, coca-cola, and all forms of the high-fructose corn syrup laden products that are popping up on shelves are going to wreak havoc on the overall health in this country, in my opinion. Add to that that the country is a high dairy and beef consumer but the beef varieties that have been chosen for breeding are mainly lean meat suppliers. In fact, it's very hard to find a nice, fatty piece of steak here unless it's from Ireland or America where the animals may be fat, but they ate alot of corn to get that way. Luckily, most higher quality meats, butter, and cheeses are from grass fed animals so there's a counter-weight in place.

    In essence, the current youth will develop habits of drinking and eating high fructose corn syrup products along with lean cuts of meat which, I anticipate, will lead to higher rates of cardio vascular diseases in years to come.

    Just feel like I need to go on the record. High fructose corn syrup is dangerous stuff.

    If anyone knows of a lab in Switzerland performing LDL particle size tests, please please let me know!

    Rob

  3. Bill
    Irish beef is all grass fed. That's why eating KerryGold butter is a good idea. They don't grow many cereal crops in Ireland, the climate is not good for it. Interestingly Switzerland had, I think, the highest cholesterol levels in Europe and one of the lowest rates of death from heart attacks. Don't forget that Switzerland is an interesting amalgam of Germany, France, and I think an indigenous mountain population famous for its dairy products and of course fondue- you lucky boy!
  4. gbl
    The only oats I eat are grown in Ireland. It's McCann's for me. I miss them. Every once in awhile I open the cupboard and gaze fondly at the tin.

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