In more recent years, it was uncovered that many members of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee had financial ties to everything from candy bar companies to entities like McDonald’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles and Coca-Cola’s Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness. One committee member even served as ‘brand girl’ for cake-mix maker Duncan Hines and then as the official Crisco ‘brand girl’ before going on to help write the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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