By Dr. Mercola
Since its inception in 1928, the American Society for Nutrition (ASN)1 has become the most widely known academic institution in the field of nutrition, publishing three academic journals, including the well-respected American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. As a result, you’d expect the ASN’s advice to be on solid ground. Alas, as noted in a June 2015 report2 by Michele Simon, “The ASN has many problematic ties with the food and beverage industry.” These ties can “taint scientific objectivity, negatively impact the organization’s policy recommendations, and result in industry-friendly research and messaging that is shared with nutrition professionals and the general public alike,” she adds.
According to Michele:
“Obesity researcher David Allison wins the prize for the most conflicts: PepsiCo, the Sugar Association, World Sugar Research Organization, Red Bull, Kellogg, Mars, Campbell Soup, and Dr. Pepper Snapple.
Perhaps most troubling, Allison serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ASN’s flagship publication.
While his conflicts are disclosed, having Allison in such a critical gatekeeper role demonstrates how industry can potentially influence even the science that gets published.”
Michele Simon has practiced public health law for nearly 20 years, fighting corporate tactics that deceive and manipulate you about health.
The featured interview with her was done in 2013, following her expose’ on the junk food industry’s ties to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and its insidious influence over registered dieticians (RDs).
In her latest report,3,4 “Nutrition Scientists on the Take from Big Food—Has the American Society for Nutrition Lost All Credibility?”, Michele reveals the disturbing ties between American Society for Nutrition (ASN) — a premier source of nutritional science — and the primary purveyors of obesity and chronic ill health.
Primary Purveyors of Obesity and Chronic Disease Sponsor Nutrition Science and
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