The Mumbo-Jumbo Of Diet And Health

diet and health Sep 15, 2018

Every day we are deluged with misinformation about diet and health.

And the biggest reason is often due to financial conflicts of interest by...

  • Government
  • Health professional organizations
  • Disease groups
  • The media, food, drug, device makers
  • Well-meaning but misinformed health professionals

Leading the way is the USDA  (United States Department of Agriculture).

The USDA was formed as an advocacy organization for farmers BUT is also responsible for setting nutrition guidelines for Americans

Agricultural organizations have always influenced the development of nutritional guidelines, and they favor industry, not optimal health

Below is a list of organizations and their financial ties to industries…

Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Sponsors:

  • Abbott Nutrition
  • Coca-Cola
  • National Dairy Council

Premiere Sponsors:

  • General Mills
  • Kellogg’s
  • Pepsi
  • Truvia
(http://www.eatright.org/corporatesponsors)

American Academy of Pediatrics

Sponsors:

  • Coca Cola Company
  • Pfizer
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Three makers of baby formula – Mead Johnson, Abbot Nutrition and Nestle
(http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/corporate-relationships/Pages/Friends-of-Children-Fund-President%27s-Circle.aspx accessed 1.8.2015
Kimberly Seals Allers “Does the AAP Logo Belong on Formula Gift Bags?”
http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/does-the-a-a-p-logo-belong-on-formula-gift-bags/?_r=0)

American Diabetes Association

Sponsors:

  • Boar’s Head (deli products)
  • Dannon
  • Equal
  • CVS Pharmacies
  • RiteAid
  • Splenda
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
(www.diabetes.org/about-us/corporate-support/national-sponsors.html accessed 1.11.2015)

The American Heart Association

Approved Products:

  • Boar's Head Old Fashioned Canadian Style Bacon With Natural Juices
  • Butterball Original Deep Fried Flavored Chicken Breast Buffalo Style
  • Sara Lee Virginia Brand Ham, with Natural Juices
  • Healthy Choice Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Healthy Choice Country Fried Chicken
(http://www.checkmark.heart.org/ProductsByCategory accessed 1.7.2015)

How can an organization like the American Heart Association for example, promote foods that are known to cause or contribute to the very thing they are trying to prevent or cure?

Much information is…

  • A blurred line between advertising and health messages; there is a difference between advertising messages and research-based information
  • Misreporting by the media
  • Misinformed but well-meaning health care professionals, many of whom have little nutrition training

As you can see, there is a lot of money-hungry influence when it comes to your health.

Just follow the money!

 

 

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