How Strong is the Food Industry, Really?

The latest in food industry news is the spreading of alternative health facts.

Why would an industry that profits off of food sales want to spread misinformation and create food confusion?


From industry sponsored posts by dietitians and nutrition professionals, to federal policy, to programs funded by the food industry to the food guide. The influence of the food industry is powerful and it is everywhere. The food industry has paid for research that influences thousands of healthcare professionals and their guiding professional bodies. Medical nutrition therapy has been influenced by guidelines that were created based on questionable research stating that fat is harmful to health when sugar may be just as harmful, or WORSE.

Food industry funded systematic reviews (research) are 5x more likely to conclude that there is NO association between sugar sweetened beverages and obesity than systematic reviews without conflicts of interest. FIVE TIMES!

Have you read about the Harvard scientists who were  basically paid to single out fat and cholesterol as dietary causes of Coronary Heart Disease?  The findings suggested that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor but the scientists didn’t formulate their position mentioning that. Guess who footed the bill. The Sugar Research Foundation (SRF). Better yet, the involvement of the SRF was not disclosed in the document and the SRF received drafts of the review, set the objective, and contributed articles for it.

There is also mention that during the 1960s and 1970s there was a successful research program funded by the SRF to cast doubt about the hazards of sucrose (sugar) while promoting fat as the dietary culprit in Coronary Heart Disease. The doubt casted (by industry influence) then shaped our food guides/pyramids, policies, and goals for the next five decades. And beyond.

I’ll leave you to think about the influence of the food industry by sharing some wise words of Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, “Dietitians should not promote Coca-Cola as a sensible snack. Sugar should not be pardoned for the obesity crisis. Health logos should not be available to the highest bidder.”

For more click here to read the National Post article about food industry influence in research.


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