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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Industry and Studies

Research funded by beverage industry is biased

This article came out a few days ago and discusses the fact that studies backed by the beverage industry are more likely to be favorable to the beverage industry. Surprise, surprise!

If anything, bias was even stronger than for research on drugs, with industry-backed papers being more than seven times as likely to produce a conclusion favouring a company’s product.

Of course, the American Beverage Association rejects this notion in a well-placed marketing attempt. But rest assured, pharmaceutical companies, beverage companies, and many other industries back research that is sure to turn out favorably for them. There is nothing good about the beverages that these people are selling to you. Drink water, tea, and coffee (black of course). And an occasional beer.