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Studies Have Shown… but Who Paid For Them?


Okay, here’s what the latest study says. Maple syrup is good for you.

As the article I’ve linked to says, a researcher has conducted a study that says Québec maple syrup contains 20 different kinds of health-improving antioxidants, including 13 that have never before been found in maple syrup.

Sounds great. But while I wouldn’t accuse the researcher of being unscientific in any way, I notice that the funding for this research came from the Federation of Québec Maple Syrup Producers, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

I mention this only to make the point that food studies funded by the producers of the food in question can be difficult to believe. If the study had shown that maple syrup caused cancer in rats (for instance), would we even know about it, given the source of the study’s funding? As it is, the study may indeed be perfectly accurate… but now there’s a believability problem, from my point of view as the consumer. Even the most detached and scientific study looks kind of rigged, when it’s funded by organizations whose livelihood depends on good sales of the food being studied. Why was the study undertaken? Are sales of maple products falling off? Or is it an honest quest to find out the true nature of maple syrup?

I’m just askin’.


5 comments on “Studies Have Shown… but Who Paid For Them?

  1. The Wandering Gourmand
    February 26, 2013

    I agree with studies that say beer is good for me no matter who pays for it. The study not the beer… heck , i don’t care who pays for my beer either.

    • thinkreadcook
      February 26, 2013

      Amen, brother. Some things just don’t need a study. 🙂

  2. Jannie
    February 26, 2013

    I’m shocked! Shocked I say! To find that the study might have been done for less than pure scientific enquiry into the nature of the universe. 😀

    • thinkreadcook
      February 26, 2013

      Not only that, but there’s gambling going on in this establishment! 🙂

  3. Kavita Joshi
    February 26, 2013

    interesting post..thanks for sharing and for visiting my post

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