Scientific studies: valid or not? Look at who pays for them!

scientific study: diet soda vs. water
Scientific study says diet soda is better at aiding in weight loss than water. This statement is based on funding bias and not true research.
scientific study: diet soda vs. water
Scientific study says diet soda is better at aiding in weight loss than water. This statement is based on funding bias and not true research.

In May of 2014, the journal Obesity published a “scientific” study saying that drinking diet sodas assists in weight loss.

The study’s authors say that diet soda might be even more effective than water at aiding weight loss. They looked at 303 men and women in a weight loss program. One group consumed 24 oz. of diet soda along with water, and the other group drank only water.

After 12 weeks, the researchers found that the diet soda group lost 4 pounds, on average, more than the water drinkers. So the conclusion was diet soda contributes to weight loss.

Love it? Me neither.scientific study: diet soda vs. water

Guess who paid for the study. Stop and think for a minute . . . take a guess.

Yep, it’s the American Beverage Association. (Their profits don’t come from water.)

If a scientific study sounds outlandish, always look for who paid for it. That information used to be hard to find. Now, disclosure regulation and the internet make it easier.

You’re smarter than that. There’s never going to be a health benefit to diet soda. Drink water!

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