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Coca-Cola spends $118m on health research

Published 23 September 2015

Coca-Cola has spent $118.6m on health research in the US over the past five years.

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The soft drinks maker spent $21.8m on scientific research since 2010, and $96.8m on health-related partnerships, including payments to dietitians and columnists, the Associated Press reported.

Coca-Cola said it is also supporting the American Diabetes Association and The Obesity Society.

The disclosure was made in line with the company's vow to be transparent about its health programs and their funding.

The assurance was triggered by a report by the New York Times last month that Coca-Cola was funding a group that did not vouch the role of sugary drinks in causing obesity.

In March, an Associated Press report noted that Coca-Cola had collaborated with several fitness and nutrition experts who recommended a mini-Coke or mini-soda as a snack in columns for American Heart Month in February.

Coca-Cola North America president Sandy Douglas said an advisory committee would be set up to focus on the company's health efforts. The committee could include parties which have been highly critical of the company's actions.

Image: The soft drinks maker spent $21.8m on scientific research since 2010. Photo: courtesy of The Coca Cola Company.