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Invited Commentary | Health Care Policy and Law

Food Industry Funding of Nutrition Research The Relevance of History for Current Debates ONLINE FIRST

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH1
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1Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University, New York
JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 12, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5400
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Industry-sponsored nutrition research, like that of research sponsored by the tobacco, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, almost invariably produces results that confirm the benefits or lack of harm of the sponsor’s products, even when independently sponsored research comes to opposite conclusions.1 Although considerable evidence demonstrates that those industries deliberately influenced the design, results, and interpretation of the studies they paid for,2 much less is known about the influence of food-company sponsorship on nutrition research. Typically, the disclosure statements of sponsored nutrition studies state that the funder had no role in their design, conduct, interpretation, writing, or publication. Without a “smoking gun” it is difficult to prove otherwise.

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Close Epidemiological Correlations Between Sugar and Saturated Fat “Consumption” and Mortality in 14 Countries

Adapted from the article by McGandy et al4 and used with permission. Courtesy of Domingo Piñero, PhD.

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