We find it troubling that registered dietitians can attend Coca-Cola’s Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness (BIHW) webinars for continuing education credits.
Their “nutrition” page is a perfect example of how food industry talking points are passed off as science.
“Beverages can play an important role in providing essential nutrients. All beverages contain water, which supports proper hydration. Many 100% fruit and vegetable juices are also a good source of vitamin C, folate and potassium, while milk and some fortified juices provide calcium. Other beverages are formulated to meet specific nutritional needs. There are also new discoveries, such as research suggesting that the polyphenols found in some juices may have potential health benefits.”
“All beverages contain water” is the most desperate of arguments (are we supposed to ignore the nine teaspoons of sugar in soda?). Remember — this is information that RDs can legitimately receive continuing education credits for. Problematic, to say the least.