Industry influence over health research is a significant problem. It’s a common tactic to protect industry profits, with the disturbing side effect of keeping the public in the dark about how certain foods negatively impact health.
Time Magazine shares the findings of a new report published in the journal PLoS Medicine that reveals how the sugar industry influenced federal research on cavities.
- “A new report published in the journal PLOS Medicine reveals that the sugar industry greatly influenced the U.S. National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) 1971 research by shifting the group’s focus away from dietary changes.”
- “Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) reviewed internal sugar-industry documents between the years 1959 to 1971, a period when the NIDR was trying to figure out which tooth decay-related interventions could wipe out the problem in a decade.”
- “It turns out the sugar trade organization and the government groups were making some behind-the-scenes deals. In 1969, an NIDR formed a subcommittee called the Caries Task Force Steering Committee, which started regularly meeting to come up with their research priorities. Simultaneously, another group called the International Sugar Research Foundation (ISRF) started their own series of meetings to identify dental-health priorities. In their investigation, UCSF researchers notices that ISRF’s panel and the NIDR’s steering committee were made up almost entirely of the same people.”
- “In late 1969, the ISRF submitted its findings to the NIDR tooth decay task force, and the authors of the PLOS Medicine report show that 40% of the report’s content was taken, nearly word-for-word, from the sugar industry report.”