Perhaps the most egregious of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ industry ties are those with Big Soda (Coca-Cola and PepsiCo).
In this Time magazine piece, Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity director Kelly Brownell details the beverage industry’s tactics — most of which are borrowed from Big Tobacco’s playbook — against public health policy.
He even touches on the Academy’s ties to these companies in his concluding paragraph:
“The tobacco industry paid scientists who did research disputing links between smoking and lung cancer, the addictive nature of nicotine, and the dangers of second-hand smoke. The soda industry funds scientists who reliably produce research showing no link between SSB consumption and health. The tobacco industry bought favor from community and national organizations by giving large donations. In an ironic twist, Coca Cola and PepsiCo are corporate sponsors of the American Dietetic Association.”
The Academy has constantly mentioned its desire to have dietitians recognized as nutrition experts. If this is a big priority, then cutting ties with soda companies should be a top priority.