It’s bad enough that aspartame, that sickly sweet chemical, has made its way into over 6,000 products on your grocery store shelves. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the dairy industry has now petitioned the FDA to allow the addition of artificial sweeteners to flavored milks served to school children - without disclosing it on the front of the label.
In a press release, Sally Fallon Morell, president and founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, said:
“The integrity of our food supply is poised for another blow. By asking the FDA to alter the definition of "milk" to include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose without full disclosure will only lead to further distrust among consumers. This is a bad idea for consumers and not a smart idea for the industry either.”
Filed by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the petition seeks to allow the chemical sweetener without the current requirement that the label declare the product is “artificially sweetened.” According to the FDA, disclosure of the artificial sweeteners would still be required in the list of ingredients.
Under pressure to reduce calories in school lunches, suppliers are looking for ways to cut sugar. The current petition to the FDA is aimed principally at replacing sugar in flavored milks served to school children. Ironically, aspartame has been linked to weight gain.
But it also asks for the right to put artificial sweeteners in other dairy products including nonfat dried milk, yogurt, cream, half-and-half, sour cream, eggnog and whipping cream without declaring that the product is artificially sweetened.
Numerous scientific studies point to the toxic effects of aspartame, including cancer, digestive issues, and memory impairment.
For decades, researchers and natural health practitioners have warned about the toxicity of artificial sweeteners. Over 75% of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA concern aspartame. Among the problems reported are headaches, migraines, vision problems, tinnitus, depression, joint pain, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle spasms.
According to the WAPF, children’s brains are four times more susceptible to damage from excitotoxins like aspartame than those of adults, and children react with ADD or ADHD symptoms, impaired learning, depression and nausea.
The scientific evidence against aspartame continues to build:
- A 2012 study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences found that repeated aspartame administration to mice impaired their memory performance and increased brain oxidative stress.
- In May, 2010, writing in The International Journal of Genomics, scientists advised caution when using aspartame in food and beverages after finding significant chromosomal irregularities in the bone marrow cells of mice following exposure to aspartame.
- A 2010 Swiss study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found aspartame to be a cause of liver and lung cancers in mice and rats, and that its effects are increased when animals are exposed to the chemical while in their mother’s womb.
Consumer group SumOfUs is urging the FDA to reject the dairy industry petition. To add your objection visit http://action.sumofus.org/a/aspartame-milk/?sub=homepage.