As If Milk Wasn’t Already Bad Enough…

Now we’ve got to contend with the idea of having aspartame hidden in the dairy products, too?

Of course, the best case scenario would be if none of us would buy milk anymore, however the likelihood of that happening anytime soon is slim to none.

However, there seems to be a huge out-cry, thankfully, at the concept of what the IDFA (International Dairy Foods Association) and the NMPF (National Milk Producers Federationare pressuring the FDA to allow which is to enable Monsanto to use non-nutritive sweeteners like aspartame in milk products. The FDA already allows the industry to use “nutritive sweeteners” including high fructose corn syrup. “Nutritive sweeteners” are simply sweeteners with calories. Now, the big industry wants to manufacture milk with aspartame, and they want it to go unlabeled.

According to a piece in the Huffington Post this week, one consumer group (SumOfUs) is urging the FDA to “reject a dairy industry petition currently being considered by agency, which asks that the requirement to label milk and other dairy products as “artificially sweetened” be dropped when they contain sweeteners like aspartame. A counter petition from SumOfUs outlining its cause has already gathered 93,142 signers.”

It goes on to state that “Hyper-sweet additives like aspartame rewire children’s brains so that they always want sugary foods, turning the kids into tiny consumption machines…this constant craving fattens up the food companies’ bottom lines as it fattens up their customers, leading to our current obesity epidemic. … the industry has moved into formerly healthy foods, pumping them up with sugar, salt, and fat until they, too become part of the problem.

The FDA’s comment period on the dairy industry petition lasts through May 21. Click here to make your voice heard.