It’s possible that your milk may start containing aspartame and you’ll never know it. Two major dairy organizations are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow them to use aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in their milks and dairy products without having to state the ingredients on the label.
Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener that is used in many food and drink products instead of sugar. Aspartame is most notorious for making diet soda calorie free, yet so addictively sweet.
According to ActivistPost.com, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) want to be able to add artificial sweeteners to their products in order to provide lower-calorie options, especially for children in schools. The FDA notice that was just released stated that this move would help curb childhood obesity as children are more inclined to drink flavored milk and the artificial sweetener version would have fewer calories. Currently the flavored dairy products use what is called “nutritive sweeteners;” that simply means the sweeteners have calories. Often sugar and high fructose corn syrup are the “nutritive sweeteners” being used.
Neither can really boast of their high nutritional value, so this may simply be a battle of “which is the lesser of two evils?” But the real oddity in this case is the desire to forgo labeling the artificial sweeteners. How would this benefit anyone?
The milk guys say, simply calling the milk products with the “non-nutritive sweeteners” or aspartame, milk, would allow consumers to “more easily identify its overall nutritional value.”
So leaving ingredients off the list would allow one to better assess a food’s nutritional value? You sure?
If you think this is a strange way to promote milk consumption, you can let your thoughts be known. The FDA is taking public comments on this issue until May 21. You can submit your comments or send data to the FDA HERE.
(Also, please sign the petition below the related stories if you’d like to tell the FDA not to allow aspartame in milk.)
It’s probably a good idea to insist that our food labels are telling us everything about the food we’re buying and feeding to our families.
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Written by Lacy J. Hansen for DietsInReview.com