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The most dangerous 'nonprofit' harming your health

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

ilsi shill for multinational food industry

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  • The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) was founded by a past vice president of Coca-Cola and, according to a study delving into recently released documentation, they have exerted influence worldwide to promote an industry-focused agenda and raise profits at the expense of public health
  • The researchers discovered top officials at ILSI sat on international panels to discuss the impact of sugary foods and chemicals, while using their position to push for more lenient regulations on products produced by their paid members, including Monsanto, Coca-Cola and DuPont
  • While the ILSI publicly denies involvement in public policy solutions or commercial interests, researchers found emails from founding president Alex Malaspina to the ILSI where he characterized the new sugar intake guidelines as a "disaster" for Coke
  • You may lower your risk for health challenges associated with eating ultraprocessed foods, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, by eating a diet of real, organically grown whole foods

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their mission, according to their website, is "to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment."

The organization was founded by Alex Malaspina, a former senior vice president at Coca-Cola Co. and a regulatory affairs leader. While he founded ILSI in 1978, his ties with Coca-Cola were not severed. Coca-Cola awarded scientists the inaugural ILSI Malaspina International Scholars Travel Award in 2015 when Coca-Cola attended the 2015 ILSI annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.


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