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Assessing Corporate Influence on Dietary Advice

Snow, Denise JD, RN, CNM, NP

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 5 - p 298
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000561
ONGOING COLUMNS: Nutrition for the Family

It is important to have healthy skepticism when reading dietary advice because sometimes the sponsors or supporters of the source of this dietary advice have close relationships with the food industry. Funding from sources related to the topic of research can be acceptable as long as the relationships, sources, amounts, and potential conflicts of interest are fully disclosed in a transparent and detailed manner prominently within the document offering the advice or reporting the research results. Our nutrition expert, Denise Snow, explains the controversy.

Denise Snow is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, and a healthcare law attorney in private practice. Ms. Snow can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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