Coca-Cola Subverts Science

August 11, 2015
Category: Really Eat Right

Crony science is on full display in the new partnership between the giant beverage company and a nonprofit looking to exonerate junk food in the obesity debate.
The New York Times reports that Coca-Cola is pouring millions of dollars into a nonprofit organization that is trying to promote a peculiar solution to the obesity crisis. The message of the newly formed Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) is simple: Americans are too focused on how much they eat and are neglecting proper exercise.
GEBN released a short video introducing the organization and its principles. The opening words from vice president Steven Blair are remarkable: “Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh, they’re eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’—blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks, and so on. And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”
“No compelling evidence”? Really? Except if one happens to look here. Or here. Or here. And here. Our own articles have discussed the calamitous health consequences of sugary sodas and high fructose corn syrup here and here.
The Times reports that Coca-Cola donated $1.5 million to start the organization, in addition to backing two of the organization’s founding members with almost $4 million since 2008. The organization’s website is registered to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. It wasn’t until GEBN was asked about its funding that it listed Coca-Cola as a sponsor on its website.
Its executive committee is comprised of people who are consultants with or have received grants from McCain Foods, McDonald’s, dairy lobbies, the American Beverage Association, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, the Beef Council, Jenny Craig, Danone (Dannon), Kraft, numerous pharmaceutical companies, and of course Coca-Cola.
This is just another example of something we see all to frequently today: “science” backed by Big Food or Big Biotech that has less to do with proper nutrition or maintaining public health than with fattening their industrial coffers. We’ve seen this type of behavior repeatedly with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, most recently when they teamed up with Kraft to promote children’s health.
Of course other companies, including Big Pharma, play the same game. It is all part of today’s crony capitalism, in which special interests are subverting all of our institutions, including government—not to mention creating a revolving-door policy for officials to go from government positions to powerful industry jobs and back again. Standards of truth are disintegrating in a spreading tide of deception and corruption.
This most recent effort by Coca-Cola to hoodwink the public into thinking its sugary drinks have nothing to do with obesity is a reminder that we must always be cautious about taking “experts” at their word, and that we must always be looking for who is holding the purse strings.
Caveat emptor—buyer beware!

16 responses to “Coca-Cola Subverts Science”

  1. All of these junk-food companies also utilize the P.R. front/lobbying-group “Grocery Manufacturers Association” which brings together all of them under one umbrella corp that defends them and fights tooth and nail against things such as GMO labeling (Your Rights). Also responsible for funding such “legislation” like H.R.1599 which is unconstitutional/undemocratic and spreading misinformation (propaganda). The saddest thing is those who actually believe their sad, pathetic, empty lies. I just consider them apart of the problem that is to be solved with any means necessary.

  2. wendygoerl says:

    Well, they do have a point. How many nanny-state food restrictions have you heard about? How many nanny-state exercise requirements?

  3. missy k says:

    Thing is, it’s NOT the sugar that’s killing us. It’s the high fuctose corn syrup. HFCS kills the liver, causes ASHD and obesity. It’s all gmo to boot. It’s hidden EVERYWHERE.
    In candy cake yogurt cereal condiments, so even if you stop drinking soda of other soft drinks, as it’s in 85% of them, carbonated or not, you are still getting HFCS into your system. Kids can I’ll pay the most, dearly for this. I find it laughable that everyone blames soda for obesity, and try to tax it, when the true cause in ALL OUR FOOD. No one mentions that though.
    People consuming large amts of HFCS are getting fatty liver disease.
    Real raw sugar does NOT do this.
    I do not condone eating huge amts of sugar, but if you have two cups of tea a day , use sugar. Not splenda, equal or corn syrup. They are ALL poison. All of them.
    Raw turbinado or demera sugar, in a few, teaspoons, won’t hurt anyone. At all.

  4. vladislav says:

    it`s computers , smart phones ,and video games that are killing us ! this group is right , the average american gets nowhere near the exercise they were getting just ten years ago let alone what they got before the mid 80`s ! the fact that no one walks anywhere unless they have no choice , it`s just plain simple truth !

    • Oh yeah, it is just that everyone is sitting on their bums not the fact that the toxic frankenfood they are being forcefed by their corrupt system makes them fat, lazy, and unhealthy! Believe the industry spin so you keep drinking the poisoned koolaid!

    • DAOWAce says:

      I’ve been sitting at my PC all day every day for the last 15 years of my life. I weigh 100 pounds and never get sick. I eat nothing but organic food (and yes, I read all labels and am very strict about what’s in it), never drink, smoke, or do any drugs (including pharma).
      Why do you even visit this site if you’re going to wallow in ignorance?
      No, being sedentary isn’t healthy, but it’s nothing like what you somehow believe.

  5. Free2BUandMe says:

    The Global Energy Balance Network will prove that ANH is anti-science!

  6. Jeanne Marie Bentsen says:

    Dumb

  7. CHARLES S says:

    PLEASE also do your research on MSG in our foods. Avoid them like the plague. Look for these ingredients and AVOID AT ALL COSTS:Hydolyzed -anything like ‘hydrolyzed protein, Soy Protein, Soy protein concentrate and soy protein isolate, Autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, monopotassium glutamate, sodium caseinate, or Calcium caseinate. The Health Institute says to AVOID THESE LIKE THE PLAGUE!! i

  8. DisqusMember101a says:

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    The GATEKEEPERS that genuinely care about their follower’s best interest will have no problem in helping to get the word out about this powerful solution i.e. our Petition for a People’s Branch of government! With our petition we create a way to set-up a mechanism for corruption-proof Checks and Balances on government. If you’re not hearing about this movement from the GATEKEEPER you’re following then you’ll know they’re probably a Controlled Opposition GATEKEEPER SHILL.
    An ACTIONABLE Long Term SOLUTION exists HERE: www(dot)ThePeoplesBranch(dot)org
    People are coming to understand that not unlike the original need for a Constitution and Bill of Rights, the true strength of a People’s Branch of government is that it will help them protect themselves from the tyranny of government and SPECIAL INTEREST. They are coming to realize that their own best interest and the best interest of the vast majority of the people are one and the same.
    Divide and conquer has long been used by SPECIAL INTEREST to fool the People into believing it’s only their peers – others like themselves that are their real enemy. They don’t want YOU to know it’s really them, SPECIAL INTEREST, that’s YOUR real problem – literally. They do this simply by keeping the People’s/Your attention focused on what they say is the problem and THEIR solution.
    Ever heard of Problem, Reaction, Solution? Don’t you get it? Look at what others say – in the many forums (here and/or elsewhere)… Can’t you see it? Most have their attention subverted! Look at what they’re focusing on! Some, many or all may simply be some form of Troll or dis-information pusher. Even if some are well-meaning they mostly affect You into diverting Your attention away from the systems control methods. Many do these things in hopes of stopping the People/You from seeing the Real Actionable Solution of a People’s Branch!
    Yet, people are coming to realize that SPECIAL INTEREST and their GATEKEEPERS are benefiting from Their Own Form of Direct Participation (i.e. influence/manipulation) in government at the expense and detriment of the People’s/Your Own Best Interest. Therefore, until the People/You wake up and adopt this, People’s Branch of government, mechanism for Direct Participation in government, then the People’s/Your own best interest will only continue to suffer.
    It is exactly because SPECIAL INTEREST will always continue to trample the People’s/Your best interest that from time to time Reasonable, Responsible and Conscientious people have to resort to revolution – violent or otherwise!
    ABOVE EVERYTHING THE PROPAGANDISTS THROW AT YOU – REMEMBER THIS: A People’s Branch of government can and will Stop/Reform/Amend/Reverse and Heal the power structure and justice system. A People’s Branch will see that those responsible for governmental wrongs are justly punished!
    Wake up or die asleep it’s up to you! Many ills of every kind, Autism, Cancers, Diabetes etc., etc., are now rampant and on the rise. How could these have gotten to this point without the governments complicity? Behind the People’s/Your back, without their/your awareness and/or consent, the government (local, state and national) is allowing the People/You and Your Loved Ones to be harmed/poisoned in multifaceted ways. Can you say TPP, GMO, Vaccines, Fluoride etc., etc. Reasonable, Responsible and Conscientious People are choosing to wake up! You too can Wake-Up to the only non-violent way to take your government away from SPECIAL INTEREST.
    Only when citizens have a direct participation in their government concerning matters that affect them will their and their loved ones’ issues (Freedoms, Rights, Security, Financial, Health, Political and Justice etc.) have a true chance to be properly addressed!
    Every Reasonable, Responsible and Conscientious person should be asking themselves WHY DO LEADERS OF BOTH MAJOR PARTIES HATE THE IDEA OF A PEOPLES BRANCH?
    Those that truly seek fair and equitable solutions can find them at The People’s Branch. Implementing a People’s Branch in your local area is the key you have been waiting for….
    Ultimately a People’s Branch of government will hold accountable those behind government’s multifaceted injustices and wrong doings – namely, the governmental authorities doing SPECIAL INTEREST bidding!
    Remember, persons (governmental etc.,) acting against the best interest of the People should be forewarned that, at a future date, their actions may be deemed unlawful and therefore punishable. They should be aware that their actions or lack thereof that result in the creation of wrongs, such as so called “trade agreements,” that ultimately harm the People’s best interest may at some point be adjudicated to be harmful and therefore unlawful. Further, it would be wise of the wrong doers to realize that they, the perpetrators of wrongs, may be held responsible and accountable for those wrongs as easily as a simple declaration or adjudication! Said wrongs may have dire consequences for those found to have helped implement or aided their authorization, through their actions or lack thereof. Such individuals may be found guilty of sedition and/or treason and tried for treason to the United States of America. Any and all elected officials and officeholders would do well to remember that there’s no statutes of limitation for the crime of treason!
    Many wrongs, perpetrated upon the People, such as “Fast Tracking, NAFTA, TPP, Shielding GMOs and/or their harm from discovery, etc., etc.,” may yet result in charges and convictions of treason for those responsible and accountable either directly and/or indirectly for their implementation. Charges and convictions for treason of government officials may be possible if it’s found that they failed to represent the best interest of the People and their actions subsequently turn out to undermine national security. It should be understood that any governmental officials, especially current or ex-presidents and current or ex-congressional officeholders, may be open to charges of treason should their actions and/or lack of actions be deemed to have undermined national security. i.e. if they failed to guard, protect, and improve/promote national security through any number of means – ECONOMICAL, HEALTH, DEFENCE, STOP CORRUPTION, CHECKS & BALANCES etc. Everyone would do well to remember that the final judgment rendered by the People concerning many governmental wrongs has yet to be written!
    ANNOUNCEMENT: OPEN CHALLENGE TO ANY AND ALL GATEKEEPERS – WE CHALLENGE YOU TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF A PEOPLE’S BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT WITH US – THE MEMBER(S) OF THIS POLITICAL MOVEMENT – THE PEOPLE’S BRANCH. (YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND US – www(dot)ThePeoplesBranch(dot)org)….
    Did you hear that? GATEKEEPERS – What’s your response? Why do GATEKEEPERS always refuse open debate with this political movement? Why would any GATEKEEPER have a problem bringing this political movement to their followers and the masses? What part of the people’s ability to participate directly in their government thereby creating an incorruptible Checks and Balances upon governmental wrongs – atrocities and corruption – DON’T YOU GET?…
    GATEKEEPERS can’t name one issue or one problem that a People’s Branch would make worse! Yet, we can name any number of issues and problems that a People’s Branch will make better, improve and/or solve for WE THE PEOPLE!
    Why not advocate for a People’s Branch of government and let all the GATEKEEPERS you follow know that you want them to openly debate the merits of a People’s Branch to Check and Balance government?
    Again – A People’s Branch creates the best way to Check and Balance government! If SPECIAL INTEREST continues to get their way then You and Your Loved Ones may lose everything! Why not help us help you?!
    Additionally, We Understand that, for whatever reason, not smart enough, not wise enough, not courageous enough, dumbed-down, brainwashed, compartmentalized, lack of interest, unpatriotic, etc., etc., there will be many that will not see or understand why a People’s Branch is NOW Needed. And that there will be many that will not be interested in participating in a People’s Branch of government. Nevertheless, it’s Paramount that You, the Reasonable, Responsible, and Conscientious Participate Directly in government on matters that concern You and Your Loved Ones!
    Finally, if You are Smart enough or Wise enough or Courageousness enough to See that this Political Movement is Needed and is Right for You, Your Loved Ones and Your Country then You Need to Help by Starting a People’s Branch Movement in Your Local Area, State and Nationally. If You have the Will and Fortitude to Help US Make a People’s Branch a Reality for You, Your Loved Ones and the Nation then Look to The People’s Branch website at www(dot)ThePeoplesBranch(dot)org to provide information to get started….
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