We received the following message from one of our RD supporters:
“Got this e-mail today from the Corn Refiners Association. The session they mention looks to be a blatant promotion of their website:
Join Us at FNCE to Deconstruct Scientific Studies
We all get bombarded with nutrition information, which makes your role to accurately translate the mountains of confusing coverage into scientifically-sound recommendations even more important.
The first step is to critically deconstruct a scientific study’s methodology to reveal its strengths and limitations.
Join us for an Expo Briefing, Monday, October 21 from 12:45 – 1:05 p.m. in Hall A3 & B3, to learn more about the best ways to evaluate and effectively communicate scientific literature to your clients and patients.
You can also stop by booth 1813 during the Expo to pick up valuable science-based information about nutritive sweeteners to help your clients better navigate the sweetener landscape. Plus, six lucky booth visitors will win a FitBit Flex.
Make sure to sign up for the Sweetener Studies e-newsletter for new tools, resources, CEU opportunities and scientific research on nutritive sweeteners to support your important role in food and nutrition.”
It’s alarming that dietitians can earn continuing education credits by listening to what is essentially a Corn Refiners Association’s public relations/damage control presentation about three ingredients of minimal nutritional value — corn starch, corn oil, and high fructose corn syrup — that are ubiquitous in highly processed foods.
It would also be great if sessions on how to deconstruct and interpret scientific studies were led by the many talented individuals (in academia or otherwise) who don’t have any ties to the food industry.
While we’re on the Corn Refiners Association, let’s not forget this painfully embarrassing moment from 2010, when its “mommy blogger” PR blitz tremendously backfired after much controversy.