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This Toxic Ingredient Might Be Hiding in Your Child's Milk!?

Posted by on May. 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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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 9:27 AM
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by on May. 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Omg! Artificial sweeteners are way worse than real sugar and I won't use them. I had been thinking about using organic milk or some other kind when it is time to switch dd from formula because of all the hormones, but this is going too far I think.

What's sad is people don't believe artificial sweeteners are bad for you and will buy this for their kids thinking it is healthy. And then it will teach their kids that it is healthy. Where do they think kids are going to learn to read nutritional labels and whether foods are good to eat or not? And I think it's unrealistic that kids would do this anyway unless they have an important dietary restriction.

by on May. 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

That is very interesting.  My son loves chocolate milk.  I am going to have to check the label on the one I have right now.  :/

by on May. 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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Good thing my daughyer doesnt drink premade chocolate milk
by on May. 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

awful stuff. we stay away from cows milk so this wont effect us anyway

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by on May. 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM
Ds drinks almond milk.
by on May. 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM
Glad I don't buy it
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by on May. 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM
Only 2 people in our home drink milk and it's not from cows, IF I ever drink cow milk again I would buy raw milk.
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