The Scientific research which claimed that ‘diet drinks could be better than water at helping people lose weight’ was reportedly funded by an industrial body including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.
The study highlighted the benefits of diet drinks was led by professor of biological psychology at Bristol University, Peter Rogers and that was published in the International Journal of Obesity.
The scientific research was backed by the research institute, ILSI Europe. It was reportedly funded by the institute whose members also include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.
However, the published paper did not mention that it gave around 750 pounds each to some of the co-authors.
The research were in contrast to other independent research linking diet drinks with weight gain. Moreover, Bristol University did not disclose the industry funding during its press release declaring the results of the study, according to Sunday Times.
Over 5,500 papers were reviewed, the contrast between diet drinks and water was based on just three, two of which did not even find any proper statistical difference in weight loss however, only one paper which was backed and funded by the American Beverage Association declared that drinking diet drinks could help in weight loss.
An adviser to the National Obesity Forum, Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra reported to The Independent, “To suggest that diet drinks are more healthy that drinking water is laughable unscientific nonsense. If you want good science you cannot allow corporate sponsorship of research.”
A spokesperson for the University of Bristol stated, “This research was published in the International Journal of Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal, which means the data and conclusions have been scrutinized by other scientists. We therefore stand by the findings. It was funded by a range of bodies including the NHS and European Union, as well as ILSI Europe.”
This controversy has occurred as the latest one in a series as an influence of industry is seen on scientific research.