If you buy chocolate milk for your children or flavored yogurts (which typically have WAY too much sugar), be aware that the FDA announced that the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition requesting that the FDA amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any “safe and suitable sweetener” as an optional ingredient. The sweetener mentioned in the petition is aspartame.
As you may know, aspartame is NutraSweet – and is anything but safe, especially for children. Their reasoning is to benefit children’s health by reducing the amount of sugar they eat. Ok, I’m all for reducing the amount of sugar, but not by replacing it with an artificial sweetener like aspartame that has so many documented negative side effects.
Here’s the part that bothers me most: “..the petitioners assert that consumers do not recognize milk—including flavored milk—as necessarily containing sugar. Accordingly, the petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can “more easily identify its overall nutritional value.”
I guess the FDA thinks we are all stupid and don’t realize that chocolate milk contains sugar. Milk itself contains a type of sugar. But if they put “reduced calorie” and list aspartame on the label they feel it will not be as “attractive” to children! So they are petitioning to omit that information from the label!
I don’t know about you, but I prefer honesty and knowing exactly what my food contains and especially food I feed my children.
How do you feel about this? Do you think these proposed amendments promote “honesty and fair dealing” in the interest of consumers?
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