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The latest episodes from On the Media

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WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our worldview. 

How the Food Industry is Influencing Your TikTok Feed

<p> </p> <p>In July, the World Health Organization issues a report indicating that aspartame, an artificial sweetener used in many low calorie sodas and snacks, was "possibly carcinogenic to humans." The new statement on a widely utilized artificial sweetener led to controversy in the medical community, with the Federal Drug Administration saying they saw no concern over aspartame consumption. Some dietitians even took to social media to voice their contradicting opinions. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Anahad O’Connor</a>, a health columnist at The Washington Post, the response to the announcement on social media smelled a bit fishy. In a report <a href="" rel="nofollow">released earlier this month</a> with colleagues Caitlin Gilbert and Sasha Chavkin, O’Connor found that dozens of registered dietitians, some with more than 2 million followers each, were paid to counter the WHO’s announcement. He and his colleagues followed the money back to industry groups like American Beverage, which represents companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. This week, OTM correspondent <a href="" rel="nofollow">Micah Loewinger</a> sits down O'Connor to learn more about the growing trend of influencer dietitians and the long history of food and beverage lobbies attempting to influence our eating habits. </p>

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