The food industry — especially Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors like Kellogg’s, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo — like to share findings of studies which demonstrate that their healthwashed products are “healthy” (and, often times, that their unhealthful products don’t contribute to chronic disease).
AND, which likes to pride itself as an evidence-based organization, often shares those studies, citing them as objective science.
We must, however, ask ourselves about bias in industry-funded studies. This study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, took a look at that very issue.
“Industry funding of nutrition-related scientific articles may bias conclusions in favor of sponsors’ products, with potentially significant implications for public health.”
Let’s keep this in mind when Big Food presents “evidence-based” information in conferences, meetings, and webinars.