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Milk With Aspartame – Safe For Children, Safe for You?

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Milk with aspartame? No, Thank You!

Late February, Natural News shared, “The U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as a hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream.”

According to the IDFA and NMPFhiding aspartame from consumers by not including it on the label actually helps consumers. Would this make you feel “helped”? In this case, is it ok to hide ingredients from a label, but it is not ok in other instances? Why is the petition even being considered?  Clearly another example of how the FDA will decide what is “right for consumers”.

Natural News deciphered the information from the federal register down to the consumer level,

Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. And if you’re trying to avoid aspartame, you’ll have no way of doing so because it won’t be listed on the label.

This isn’t only for milk, either: It’s also for yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream and a total of 17 products, all of which are listed in the petition at FDA.gov.

As the petition states:

IDFA and NMPF request their proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity to allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g., chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener — including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame.

This is all being done to “save the children,” we’re told, because the use of aspartame in milk products would reduce calories.

The FDA receives adverse reaction reports every day about products. Thousands of reactions from headaches and migraines to abnormal brain function, epilepsy, brain tumors, etc. have been reported with the use of aspartame. This study on the effects of aspartame on memory and oxidative stress on mice involved a once daily aspartame administration of 1.875 mg to 5.625 mg over two weeks. The findings suggest impaired memory performance and increased brain oxidative stress with repeated use of aspartame. Bear in mind this study was only two weeks so the repeated daily exposure was only two weeks!

How often are you ingesting an artificial sweetener? It will be daily if this petition passes! And if it’s not on the label, how much are you getting? If you’re a diet soda drinker, you probably already consume aspartame every day. So how much aspartame is in a can of diet soda? A can typically contains 180 mg of aspartame. Do the math. What level do you think is safe for you, or your child?

These are all questions we should be asking, and more! At the writing of this post,  looks like there are 23,680 comments received on the government website about this proposal! Go figure that perhaps consumers prefer to know what ingredients they are consuming. They might also be concerned about the chemicals their children are consuming. You can comment on this proposal until May 21, 2013. If this makes you angry, go to the government website  and voice your opinion  today! Also comment on this post below whether good, bad or indifferent; we want to know what you think!

Additionally, if this proposal is passed and you haven’t already, you will now want to consider going raw and organic with your dairy products to eliminate the possibility of unknowingly ingesting these chemicals! Then take the next step to help remove residual traces of aspartame and sucralose – learn more about detoxification in Ashley’s post about 5 Reasons to Detox. There are many ways to detox and many detoxification products that can help. Start small and take the first step, every little bit helps!

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13 Responses to Milk With Aspartame – Safe For Children, Safe for You?

  1. Kaitlyn March 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    This is horrible! I know lots of people, myself included, who avoid products that contain aspertame, simply b/c of how bad it is for you! It is not the industry’s job to “help” us by lying to us! If I wanted fake sweeteners, then I would seek products out that contain them. But, since I don’t want fake sweeteners, I shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they are hidden in a product. The only thing hiding sweeteners in a product would accomplish is me no longer wanting to buy them!

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN March 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      So true Kaitlyn, we will see what the FDA does with this request from the Dairy Industry.

  2. Veronica March 18, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    And to start, why do they think milk need to have aspartame? Why do the FDA insist in making people sick? to benefit the pharmaceuticals? (and I’m sure that’s the right answer) Aspartame creates brain swelling, cancer and a lot of brain damage and dysfunctions. Aspartame breaks down into three components (aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol)….like I really want to ingest all this chemicals, less of all give it to my children or grandchildren to affect their health for the rest of their lives. What the FDA is doing is sick!

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN March 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Veronica thanks for voicing your concerns. Let’s not forget, it’s the Dairy Industry that introduced this!

  3. Venicia March 18, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    This is ridiculous, I do not want aspartame or any type of artificial sweetener in my milk.

  4. Maria Frix March 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    What about the people out there like me that can’t have any kind of artificial sweetener??? NOW YOU ARE JUST NOT GONNA TELL PEOPLE THAT ITS THERE???? Absolutely insane!!!

  5. Dr Diana Mrotek March 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I am really outraged at the idea of having ingredients like milk products and Aspartame included in products WITHOUT labeling them as such. Please count on me to continue protesting such a dishonest plan. I am happy to support any effort to forestall such an awful idea in any way that I am able.

    Diana Mrotek, Ph.D.

  6. chase niccolai March 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    This is the worst idea in all of history to do this is would be an outrage for us all and can kill people who are allergic to apspartame

  7. Anna November 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I just came across this article. Did this pass? I cannot eat or drink aspartame or sucrose so I hope this will not be in our milk or other dairy. Can we really be guaranteed that organic items do not have these additives? Our FATHER is off its rocker. I fear for the state of our minds and bodies as foods are continually modified. Soon we’ll not be able to process any “foods” through our bodies…

  8. Deanna February 4, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    people who are allergic to peanuts or eggs get a warning. I am deathly alergic to it.I can not even use toothpaste or liquid or chewable meds becau,so it makes my mouth sore.If one in 55 children are being diagnosed with autism,might be artficial sweetner pregnant mothers consume. all sweet meds have that poison in them. could the reason more and more diabetics are being diagnosed with alziemers. it causes sever migraine headaches,forgetfulness,heartburn ,vomiting,dierrhea. and its not just me . we need help to put a stop to it

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