Do sugary drinks cause obesity and diabetes?: How financial conflicts of interest determine the answer

Seems like a pretty straightforward question, right? Unfortunately, nothing about nutrition science is straightforward. That especially means research, which is flooded with massive amounts of industry funding each year. I’ve already written about the hundreds of millions of dollars Coca-Cola and PepsiCo pour into public health each year. But is this a bad thing? From […]

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Coca-Cola’s century old strategy to influence perceptions and policy

Coca-Cola is a marketing machine. It’s in the company’s DNA. Go back to its roots in the 1880’s and 1890’s when the company’s pharmacist founders were asking the question: how can we get people to buy a product whose main ingredient is one of Earth’s most abundant elements – water? Fast forward to today, when we’re now […]

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A lesson in how major food and beverage companies influence public perceptions about obesity

In 2009, a group of the world’s largest and most powerful food and beverage companies banded together to make a voluntary pledge of reducing calories in the US food supply. This group of now 16 food and beverage companies, which control about 25% of the US food supply, formed the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. It […]

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The Cost of Convenience

Last week I sent out a tweet about the mark up that some healthy foods receive. I finished one of my typical lunchtime swim sessions at the Lifetime Fitness pool and needed to grab a quick snack. My next meeting started in 30 minutes and I didn’t have time to go back to the office […]

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