Since March 16, 2015, I’ve been collecting research studies funded by industry or conducted by investigators with food industry connections. These are studies that I’ve either run across in the course of my reading or that were sent to me by readers (thanks especially to Cole Adams).
It has now been a year since I started doing this. If I have counted correctly, this somewhat haphazard collection comes to a grand total of 168 funded studies, 156 of them with results favorable to the sponsor’s interests, but only 12 industry-funded studies with unfavorable results.
That’s more than enough to make this point: it’s a lot easier to find industry-funded studies with results favorable to the sponsor’s interest than against it.
I will do a more accurate count and see what other conclusions, if any, can be drawn from this collection as soon as I can get to its analysis.
In the meantime, I’m stopping the collection. From now on, I will only post sponsored studies that raise particular issues or that I find particularly amusing.
Here’s the last bunch:
Missing Lunch Is Associated with Lower Intakes of Micronutrients from Foods and Beverages among Children and Adolescents in the United States. Kevin C. Mathias, PhD, Emma Jacquier, MMedSci, Alison L. Eldridge, PhD, RD. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2015.12.021.
Conclusions: This study identifies potential concerns for child…