One motto of science is that it important to never stop questioning. Science itself has been put on trial as a document from the JAMA Internal Medicine shows that a Harvard researcher in the sixties was bribed to downplay the health risk of sugar. This could be one of the major reasons why the modern diet philosophy has been that fat is way worse than sugar even though both have very similar effects on the human health.

Is the Integrity of Science at Risk?

Is the Integrity of Science at Risk?

With such a revelation, this might shed light on how important it is to have truthful independent scientific communities with little to no bias. This problem can be seen especially in America. Many Americans turn to science for news and facts to base the decisions of their life on. But when lobbyists such as those in the sugar industry mess with this delicate balance by swaying researchers to downplay an effect of a certain product or screw with the scientific method, things can get messy for the consumer.

Recently, the World Health Organization recommended that an average adult consume only twenty-five grams of sugar daily. However, an average American consumed about three pounds of sugar each week. With two-thirds of American being obese or overweight, there are many scientific studies to support that sugar is strongly linked to obesity. How then, is sugar consumption increasing every year?

The discovery of the Harvard researcher taking a bride has made many people question the integrity of science. Articles have been published to show how messing with the connections between science and people by lobbyists groups can affect everyone, even for generations afterward.
“I don’t think they [lobbyist] should mess with the scientists, science needs to be trustable,” says one junior at JFK High School in Sacramento. It can be difficult to find a direction in the modern world with all the media rhetoric coming from all sides. But one thing can be said for certain, honest science is an integral part of a healthful society.