Here’s yet another reason to dump dairy: The industry that produces it wants to sell you artificially sweetened milk—without any special labeling to warn you.
In a shocking—and highly controversial–petition now being considered by the FDA, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) hopes to change the definition of “milk”—and 17 other dairy products—to permit chemical sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose to be used as optional additives not listed on the product label.
What’s more, the dairy industry claims that adding stealth chemical sweeteners to its products—including whipping cream, eggnog, sweetened condensed milk, low-fat or non-fat yogurt, sour cream and half-and-half—would “promote healthy eating” and make dairy foods more enticing to kids!
Specifically, the petition states, in part:
IDFA and NMPF argue that nutrient content claims such as “reduced calorie” are not attractive to children and maintain that consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims.
The FDA is currently seeking public comments on this outrageous proposal, so I encourage you to make your views heard. Click here for the FDA comment page. Currently, dairy products can contain aspartame or other sugar substitutes if they are labeled accordingly. Aspartame is widely used in low-calorie foods, including diet soda and some brands of yogurt.
In my upcoming book, The Omni Diet, I discuss more science-backed reasons not to drink milk, including these:
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