Questionable industry-funded review tries to cast doubt on harms of excess sugar

The mountain of scientific studies about the harms of excess dietary sugar is really just a house of cards—a flimsy stack of weak conclusions based on low-quality data. And the international dietary guidelines based on those studies—the ones urging people to cut back on sweets and sugary drinks—are disingenuous and cannot be trusted.

At least, that’s what a review out this week would have you believe. To get to those bold claims, the authors used questionable methods, subjective assessments, and money from the food and beverage industry. One of the lead authors is even on the scientific advisory board of Tate & Lyle, one of the world’s largest high-fructose corn syrup producers