Here are some of her findings. A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that concluded that cocoa flavanol consumption is linked to improvement in blood pressure and cognitive function was funded by Mars. A study from Advances in Nutrition that concluded that consuming 100 percent fruit juice is a cost-effective way to help people meet fruit recommendations was funded by the Juice Products Association. In total, Nestle comes up with six different studies published in the past year of dubious financial origins.
Nestle’s findings are not without criticism:
“The reality of the situation is that, in today's funding environment, researchers do not have the luxury of only receiving funding from independent sources,” an anonymous food scientist commented on the Food Politics story. “What often happens is that a food company will have a hypothesis about a product or ingredient of theirs, based on published literature or in-house, unpublished findings…. They will often supply funds to independent professors to complete the experiments and provide analysis.”