The MANIPULATION of The World Sugar Research Organisation (WSRO)
September 1, 2017
Who is the World Sugar Research Organisation (WSRO)?
The WSRO is self defined as a organisation dedicated to encouraging a better appreciation of the direct and indirect contribution made by sugar to the nutrition, health and wellbeing of all the populations of the world. In other words, their purpose is to convince people of the benefits of the sugar, forgetting about the disadvantages, harm, damage or hurt it does to our health.
It is constituted as a non-profit making Limited Company registered in England (no. 1355487). However, WSRO has received support from the following organisations;
International Organisations: Coca-Cola Company
-Nordic Sugar (Sweden)
-Nordic Sugar (Denmark)
-Cristal Union (France)
-Pfeifer & Langen KG (Germany)
-Suedzucker AG (Germany)
-Nordzucker AG (Germany)
-British Sugar (part of the AB Sugar family) (UK)
-Tate and Lyle Sugars (UK)
-Eridania Sadam (Italy)
- Suiker Unie (Netherlands)
-AB Azucarera (part of the AB Sugar family) (Spain)
-The Sugar Association, Inc (United States of America)
-Canadian Sugar Institute (Canada)
-Centro Azucarero Argentino (Argentina)
-Liga Agricola Industrial de la Cana de Azúcar (Costa Rica)
-Central Romana Corporation (Dominican Republic)
-Asociacion Azucarera de El Salvador (El Salvador)
-Asociacion de Azucareros de Guatemala
-Empresas IANSA (Chile)
-New Zealand Sugar Company
-Illovo Sugar (part of the AB Sugar family)
-Mauritius Sugar Authority
-South African Sugar Association
-Swaziland Sugar Association
-Shree Renuka Sugars (India)
-Indian Sugar Exim Corporation Limited (India)
-AB Sugar China (part of the AB Sugar family) (China)
-Shakarganj Mills (Pakistan)
The WSRO affirms that the Membership of WSRO is open to all enterprises engaged in the production of sugar and their representative organisations. As we explained in our previous publication, Sugar Research when Science is Sponsored, it is not unusual that a company sponsors national health and medical organizations. In this case, the WSRO claims to be open to collaborate with organisations related with the production or representation or sugar. Clearly, these companies will never show the negative side of sugar since it would mean loss of sales.
Between their Operational Activities, the WSRO indicates that it;
-“Monitors, assesses and communicates reliable evidence on the direct and indirect roles of sugar in the nutrition, health and wellbeing of different populations.” However, as expressed in WSRO´s bio, the evidence about sugar showed by this organisation is focused on persuading about the benefits of sugar. No information that ignores the negative side of sugar because of financial benefits can be able to be trusted.
-“Represents its Members to international bodies such as the World Health Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Assists its members in formulating strategies to improve the accuracy of the perception of sugar at national and regional levels.” In other words, lobby in favour of the organisations related with the production or representation or sugar.
-“Organises major scientific conferences and symposia on sugar involving internationally respected scientists, policy makers and other specialists.” That is to say funding/sponsoring science (paying scientists) in benefit of organisations related with the production or representation or sugar.
The WSRO affirms that whether contained naturally in foods or extracted from cane and beet, sucrose is a key functional ingredient in a wide variety of foods and a worthwhile constituent of a balanced diet. In our article “It does matter where the sugar comes from” we explain that there are marked differences between consuming the sugars from fresh fruit and fructose from other foods.
The WSRO also includes some “Facts about Sugar” where it is affirmed that Sugar has no effect over the worldwide increasing obesity rate, diabetes, dental caries and heart disease. To show this, WSRO includes biased results of studies that favoured the sponsor’s interests (studies funded by organisations related with the production or representation or sugar).
Contrary to what this Organization claims, there are Scientists actively studying a wide range of health problems that may be linked to the overconsumption of added sugars, including the following:
- Cancer: High intakes of sugars and refined carbohydrates have been linked to increased risk of some cancers, as well as to higher rates of recurrence and lower rates of survival after cancer therapy. (See 1 & 2)
- Alzheimer's disease and memory loss: Excess sugar consumption was linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health.(3 and 4)
- Aging: Scientists have observed links between sugar consumption and the aging of our cells, as well as skin wrinkling. (5 and 6)
(1)Meyerhardt, J.A. (2013). The impact of glycemic levels in patients with colon cancer. Clinical advances in hematology & oncology , 11(2), 93-94.
(2)Agrawal, R., & Gomez-Pinilla, F. (2012). The Journal of Physiology , 590(10), 2485-2499. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2012.230078. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/jphysiol.2012.230078/abstract
(3)Crane, P.K., Walker, R., Hubbard, R.A., Li, G., Nathan, D.M., Zheng, H., & Larson, E.B. (2013, August 8). Glucose Levels and Risk of Dementia. New England Journal of Medicine , 369(6), 540-548. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1215740. Retrieved from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1215740
(4)Cassidy, A., De Vivo, I., |Liu, Y., Han, J., Prescott, J., Rimm, D.J., & Hunter, E.B. (2010, March 10). Associations between diet, lifestyle factors, and telomere length in women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , 91(5), 1273-1280. doi:10.3945/ajcn.2009.28947. Retrieved from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/5/1273
(5)Danby, F.W. (2010, July). Nutrition and aging skin: sugar and glycation. Clinics in Dermatology , 28(4), 409-411. doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2010.03.018. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738081X10000428
(6)Mikulikova, K., Eckhardt, A., Kunes, J., Zicha, J., & Miksik, I. (2008). Advanced glycation end-product pentosidine accumulates in various tissues of rats with high fructose intake. Physiological Research / Academia Scientiarum Bohemoslovaca , 57(1).