Scientific research to order

Some types of Cocoa is good for blood supply to the brain and, as a result it may help to ward off the onset of problems such as memory loss and dementia. On the face of it, this is very good news for everyone and we should all dash down to our favourite shop and buy tins of coca and products with cocoa amongst their ingredients. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

However, perhaps we ought to take a closer look at the research first. Who has funded this research? None other than Mars Inc. For those of you who do not know what this company does, it may surprise you to find that they produce sweets and animal foods, amongst other products. Nothing surprising in that you might think. However, we you look closer at these products, particularly the sweets, such as M&M’s,” it might not surprise you to learn that most of these contain the type of cocoa that the scientists are sounding their trumpets about.

Far be it from me to doubt the works of scientists, but might I be forgiven for thinking that this is a case of science being made to fit the product of the financial backer? Perish the thought.

the Brit 

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5 Responses to “Scientific research to order”

  1. thelonedrifter Says:

    It’s not the only study that’s said chocolate is good for you. But I must say it is very suspiciously funded. Funny how “infallible science” can be used to pretty much say anything you want. Perhaps it doesn’t have all the answers?

  2. britandgrit Says:

    Hi Lonedrifter,

    I agree. There are two types of science that I wonder about. One is incidences like this project, and the other is where considerable funds are expended on projects we already know the answer too. An example of the latter is the research that was carried out on the talking habits of the genders. Was the conclusion that ladies speak around 8,000 words a day to the man’s 3,000 any surprise to anyone?

    the Brit

  3. thelonedrifter Says:

    Oh, I would have guessed it was more like 12,000 to 1,000. 🙂

  4. wytammic Says:

    Who really cares? M&Ms are good for us!!!!

  5. britandgrit Says:

    Hi w,

    M&Ms are good, but Godiva is sinful, which is one reason I’m an atheist 😉

    the Grit

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