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Are You Concerned About Artificial Sweetners?

Posted by on May. 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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This Toxic Ingredient Might Be Hiding in Your Child's Chocolate Milk

by Maressa Brown

milkIf you weren't already totally freaked out about the food supply given all the recent recalls and studies coming out about bacteria in our meat and veggies, here's a new curve ball moms in particular are going to have to contend with ... The dairy industry, feeling the pressure of the war on obesity and feeling threatened by many schools' ban on high-cal chocolate milk, has decided to begin making more low-calorie, "milk-like" beverages with artificial sweeteners. They think replacing sugar in flavored milk with aspartame (aka Equal) or sucralose (aka Splenda, which was discovered when scientists were working with DDT) will help them compete with diet sodas. Good times!

But wait, it gets freakier ... 

The FDA says that if aspartame is added to milk, it can't be called "milk." Instead, it has to be labeled "reduced calorie chocolate milk." But the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) aren't fans of this idea and recently petitioned the FDA to change this clause, because they say our kids won't drink anything labeled "low-calorie."

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OMG. This is no better than the tobacco industry trying to duck and hide the FDA's regulations back when we still weren't completely aware as Americans that cigarettes were bad for us. It sounds like Big Dairy is doing everything they can to sneak carcinogens into our kids' lunch boxes! (Then again, vegans would argue that milk itself is cancer-causing, but that's a whole different Pandora's box ...) Thank goodness over 116,000 individuals have signed on to a Sum of Us petition that urges the FDA to "forbid milk and dairy products to include aspartame or other artificial sweeteners."

Well, even if the dairy industry gets their way, the good news is that they MUST include these artificial sweeteners on the ingredient label. That said, this is just a perfect example of why kids have to start learning young to read what's in the food they're eating and to know what's not okay.

My 4-year-old niece is gluten-free for genetic/health reasons and reads boxes and knows if a product is okay for her to eat. Likewise, kids should know to steer clear of a drink that sports toxic chemicals like aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, etc. And while easier said than done, allowing kids to have small to moderate amounts of sugar -- the real deal -- would be so much better than letting them go to down on the chemical-laden garbage the dairy industry seems hell-bent on handing them.

How do you feel about artificial sweeteners?

What about it being added to milk in a sneaky way?

by on May. 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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jjamom
by Michele on May. 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM
Yuck, I will have to check this out. My middle son loves chocolate milk! I have never trusted artificial sweeteners and trust them even less now since my BIL, who is a neurologist, says they can be very harmful to the nervous system.
mandee1503
by Amanda on May. 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

We don't ingest them enough to be any concern. Dd has chocolate milk maybe once a week, if that.

darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Brady eats baby food, some made by me, most not though.  He eats what he eats...end of story.

letstalk747
by Joy on May. 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

makes me mad all the way around

luvnature
by Member on May. 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM

we don't use artificial sugar in my household. for one thing it is terrible for you. we only buy chocolate milk when it's on sale and we stick to a specific brand we know has been around since I can remember. 

Koltie6
by on May. 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM
My son has seizures so we do not use them at all. They are terrible for everyone. I cant imagine adding them to milk.
SamMom912
by Silver Member on May. 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Ummm, (putting coffee with splenda and 1/2 and 1/2  down on counter) i guess its ok for me... Lol.. But I dont typically let DS have any. Most of what he eats is natural.. (aside from what ever mcdonalds puts in their nuggets or fries). He doesnt like sweets at all... He asked the lovely woman behind the counter at a bakery when we were picking up a cake for a party, she said - would you like a cookie- he asked-  if they had any green apples.. lol.

arkansasmama08
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM
We drink almond milk but I guess I'll have to check it. Maggie will only drink the chocolate.

I know they're not great for you. We try to limit any sugar/sweetners anyway, other than honey.
annelauer
by on May. 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM
We absolutely will not consume any artificial sweeteners and sure add heck wouldn't let our children dream of it.
Mipsy
by Chelle on May. 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM
My son is allergic to milk so this doesn't affect us. Besides I hate store bought pre made chocolate milk. *shudder* making it your own is yummier :)

And honestly, aspartame is in my sons formula and he gets 100% of his nutritional needs from it. Have to weigh the good with the bad. Without that formula, he couldn't sustain life
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