Which health studies should you trust? It depends on who’s funding the research


One day a study states that you should eat less sugar in order to avoid developing diabetes and obesity, and the next day another one claims that you can eat whatever you want as long as you don’t consume too many calories.

So what should you believe? It depends on who’s funding the research. If the studies are funded by the industry, they’re four to eight times more likely to be positively biased towards consuming the product:

The Guardian: Before You Read Another Health Study, Check Who’s Funding the Research

So the next time you come across a study that states that it’s all about calories, maybe you should check whether Big Soda has funded it.


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

“Don’t Scapegoat Big Sugar. Lots of Food Producers Profited from the Demonization of Fat”

NYT: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat


  1. ANDy
    Let's think about this. Does 1 + 5 = 6? You would say of coarse it is 6. If you thought that, you are recognizing that truth does not change if someone gives you the answer 7. If I do a clinical study in which I put 5 apples into a basket, then put another on a cutting board to cut that apple in half and then place both halves of that apple in the basket with the other 5 apples counting each half of that apple as 1 whole apple, did I prove that 1 + 5 = 7 because I was paid to prove 1 + 5 = 7? No. I used a fallacious way to try to prove something that was not true. Did the fact that 1 + 5 = 6 change because of my fallacious experiment? No.
  2. Nick Melhuish
    No surprise. Industry is more likely to give money for research in which the Bayesian prior probability is in their favour.
    Researchers with no external funding are still getting away with using false data.
    It really is time for a Royal Commission into medical research practices.

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