More Shenanigans from Coke and Friends

dracula in wax

Republished in a forum, this article originally came from the British newspaper The Times, and its title is “Sugar watchdog works for Coca-Cola.” In the past, the U.K. government had assigned scientists to determine how much of a person’s total energy consumption should consist of added sugars. They had determined an upper limit of 11%, but some experts wanted that number reduced.

The two main sides in England are the World Sugar Research Organisation, which does not want the recommended maximum amount of sugar to be reduced, and Action on Sugar, a group that compares the stuff to tobacco in terms of hazardous health implications. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is supposed to evaluate both their claims and figure out a scientifically valid recommendation.

Vampiric connections

In a move that has been compared to putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank, Professor Ian Macdonald, one of Nottingham University’s authorities on metabolic physiology, was made chairperson of the government panel. Then a TV news show investigated the financial interests of the prominent nutrition expert and revealed that Macdonald was collecting £6,100 (about $10,000) a year from Coca-Cola and an even larger amount from one of the world’s biggest food companies, Mars.

To sell corporations advice about exercise, diet, and obesity while supposedly deciding whether the Queen’s subjects should eat fewer sweets could be described as “playing both ends against the middle” or other old-fashioned phrases, but nowadays we call it a conflict of interest.

Apparently it was also a case of “history repeats itself,” because the same thing had already happened back in 2009. Macdonald’s employment by these corporations had been challenged before, and he had already resigned from both of them once. That time, he waited till the heat died down and got back onto both payrolls again. Oh, and he’s paid by Unilever too — the largest manufacturer of ice cream, including Ben & Jerry’s.

At the annual conference of the British Nutrition Foundation, his presentation criticized Dr. Robert Lustig’s contention that fructose causes metabolic syndrome. Some think it’s a disgrace for an expert who formulates dietary policy to work in any capacity for any branch of the food industry. But how can Macdonald be wrong — he’s in the majority! Of the eight SACN panel members, a total of five disclosed unsavory connections with the food industry. The Times explains:

David Mela is a senior scientist for Unilever…. Ian Johnson is a consultant for Barry Callebaut, a Swiss multinational cocoa and chocolate company. Two other members, Professor Ian Young and Professor Julie Lovegrove, have received funding from the sugar industry.

Probably just a coincidence

And then, there’s the European Food Safety Agency, for which an Irish expert, Albert Flynn, researched the links between sugar and obesity and found not a single bit of correlation, nor a reason for any government to propose that citizens limit their sugar intake.

Yet at the same time Flynn was advising Kraft, owner of Cadbury, and working for the International Life Sciences Institute (Ilsi) Europe, whose members include Coca-Cola, Mars and Kellogg’s.

Your responses and feedback are welcome!

Source: Active Low-Carber Forums, LowCarber.org, 01/20/14
Image by Ed Schipul

 

 

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

FAQs and Media Requests: Click here…

Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

Profiles: Kids Struggling with Obesity top bottom

The Book

OVERWEIGHT: What Kids Say explores the obesity problem from the often-overlooked perspective of children struggling with being overweight.

About Dr. Robert A. Pretlow

Dr. Robert A. Pretlow is a pediatrician and childhood obesity specialist. He has been researching and spreading awareness on the childhood obesity epidemic in the US for more than a decade.
You can contact Dr. Pretlow at:

Presentations

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

Food & Health Resources