Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness

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The Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness, established in 2004 and based in Atlanta, GA is a front group set up by the Coca-Cola Company. The Institute is led by Rhona S. Applebaum, who is also the Coca-Cola Company's Chief Science and Health Officer. It was announced in 2005, when Coca-Cola executive Donald Short, then the company's vice president, published a paper about his company's commitments to consumers' health in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.[1] Their paid advisers include Baylor College of Medicine researcher John Foreyt.[2] The Institute "sponsors continuing professional education for registered dietitians, nurses and other professionals."[3] This has led critics to say that "corporate influence is both tainting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’s reputation and affecting its positions."[4]


  1. ^ Short, D. (2005). "When science met the consumer: The role of industry". The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 82 (1 Suppl): 256S–258S. doi:10.1093/ajcn/82.1.256S. PMID 16002832.
  2. ^ Malisow, Craig (19 May 2005). "Sugar Coated". Houston Press. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  3. ^ Deardorff, Julie (8 February 2012). "Critics pounce on Coke, Pepsi health initiatives". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ Zara, Christopher (12 July 2013). "Nutrition Industry Sold Out To Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg, Hershey And Other Junk Food Giants, Registered Dietitians Say". International Business Times. Retrieved 24 August 2013.