Since the beginning of March, those of us who pay attention to food trends, legislation restricting small local organic farmers, and the harm that is coming from much of it have been hearing about the government’s plan to add aspartame to milk…and supposedly with no labeling. What I read was confusing to say the least!
To correct what they believe are mis-leading media reports of wanting to hide ingredients in milk, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has issued a statement making it clear that if the petition is approved, the added sweeteners would be included in the ingredient list, consistent with existing FDA food labeling requirements.
The NMPF really does want to add aspartame to milk and especially for schools. but the scariest thing is that they want to change the definition of what milk is altogether!
(source- US News)
According to the actual petition by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) at the Federal Register, the request is for the FDA to amend the standards of identity for milk and 17 other milk and cream products. Beside milk, that includes heavy cream, eggnog, sour cream, non-fat dry milk, and yogurt, and others.
As The Slow Cook stated, “The dairy industry has a lot riding on keeping things murky: For decades, milk sales have been plummeting, but sales of flavored milk have tripled. It would be very helpful if the nation’s medical doctors all stood behind the dairy industry’s campaign to put a carton of chocolate milk on every kid’s cafeteria tray… It’s all part of a well-oiled public relations campaign.”
US News states, “The dairy industry wants to boost sales by putting aspartame in milk, with school lunchrooms being a primary target.” They felt the students turned up their noses at milk products labeled “Reduced Calorie” and would instead turn to the items filled with sugar causing weight gain.
Some of their other reasoning was that products that included honey or sugar didn’t need special labeling, so why should alternative sweeteners such as aspartame?
Some schools have removed flavored milk altogether, resulting in “less consumption of milk by children and less consumption of milk’s important nutrients.” Allowing the use of FDA-approved sweeteners (including aspartame) in flavored milk will allow those consumers who want a lower-calorie flavored milk to have that choice.
It is like calories are worse than the toxins. Such a mixed up way of thinking!! Here are some of what come’s to my mind:
1.) The ‘Reduced Calorie” label alerts many consumers to chemical additives and sweeteners such as aspartame; to remove it from packaging would not be helpful.
2.) It is deceptive to allow additives such as aspartame, Equal, or NutraSweet without warning; those who react (and those who don’t) to these chemicals would be at higher risk. The damage from these chemical additives are CUMULATIVE, and aspartame has now been linked to 92 adverse health problems.
(source by Natural News)
3.) Personally, I feel pasteurized milk from conventional, feed-lot cows is problematic with trace antibiotics and hormones. Multiple contaminants requires ultra-pasteurization which kills all the good life-giving bacteria and enzymes. Do we really need children drinking more of that?
Raw milk from local farms with healthy cows is the best way to go.
I know this post and the post on Which Is Worse: Sugar or Aspartame? are not the norm for this blog, but even though Deep Roots At Home is just a small spot on the internet, I strongly feel the need to help get this information out to parents. Many already know, but I hope that others who haven’t heard, WILL hear. Will you help get the word out about the dangers of this highly toxic substance and the damage that it can do? I thank you ahead of time.
Thanks for reading!