Junk Food Companies Pay Scientists To Fudge Nutrition Research

Yet another major long-term study, this one published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has conclusively demonstrated the link between weight gain and . The study showed that soda is “the number one problem related to weight gain,” Dr. Walter Willett, chair of the department at the Harvard School of Public Health, told MSNBC.

But that’s not the story that major like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola or Mars Co. want you to believe. And a new report by ABC suggests that these are willing to pay to help produce evidence refuting the link between bad health and a bad diet. The terms of the payments, of course, do not explicitly require the to fudge study results. But who receive big grants from major companies have been known to testify in favor of junk in court and in front of Congress. Some have compared such scientists to those who obfuscated the link between smoking and cancer before it became incontrovertible—which casts “big sugar” in the same role as “big tobacco.”

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