In a recent industry-funded study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed 60 studies published from January 2001 to July 2016 and found that 26 out of 26 papers that didn’t find an association between diabetes or obesity and sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit drinks, were industry-funded, compared with one industry-funded paper in another 34 studies that found a link. So if you ask the question, can sugar-sweetened drinks be tied to obesity and diabetes, you should probably look at who funded the study. “The industry seems to be manipulating contemporary scientific processes to create controversy and advance their business interests at the expense of the public’s health,” the researchers write.  To see the other side of the issue, you can check out this fact sheet from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Harvard Fact Sheet (pdf)