Since many of you have asked: we are aware of today’s announcement from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics president Dr. Evelyn Crayton regarding corporate sponsorships.
We will share our thoughts and reactions tomorrow on this page.
Until then, more news on conflicts of interest and industry-funded studies courtesy of England’s The Independent — specifically one that promotes diet sodas as superior to water:
- “Scientific research claiming that diet drinks could be better than water at helping people lose weight was funded by an industry body which includes Coca-Cola and PepsiCo among its members, it emerged yesterday.”
- “The study highlighting the benefits of diet drinks, led by Peter Rogers, professor of biological psychology at Bristol University, was published in the International Journal of Obesity. The scientific review was backed by a research institute, ILSI Europe. It was funded by the institute whose members include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.”
- “The published paper does not disclose that it has given some of the co-authors fees of around £750 each.”
- “Bristol University did not disclose the industry funding in its press release announcing the results of the study, according to the Sunday Times.”
- “Although more than 5,500 papers were reviewed, the comparison of diet drinks with water was based on just three. Two did not find any significant statistical difference in weight loss, and only one paper, funded by the American Beverage Association, found that those drinking diet drinks were more likely to lose weight.”