TORONTO, ON (PRWEB) March 06, 2013
Lean On Life, a leading healthy lifestyle website with the latest on weight loss, nutrition and fitness is urging the FDA to regulate the labelling of artificial sweeteners in flavoured milk.
In 2009, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) petitioned the FDA to drop the label requirements of artificially sweetened milk and dairy products. The FDA is now considering the proposal and seeking public opinion on the issue.
Currently, the FDA requires that milk products (namely flavoured milks such as strawberry and chocolate) be clearly labelled if they contain an additive such as aspartame. Lean On Life stresses that this practice must not change.
The IDFA and NMPF would like to sell milk (regular, or flavoured) without having to include any labels indicating the use of artificial sweeteners. Currently, companies are allowed to use the unmodified “milk” label even for products that contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
The milk lobby argues that aspartame in milk and dairy products makes for a healthier product and helps reduce childhood obesity by offering milk with fewer calories. Despite such claims, experts at Lean On Life warn that such additives can be harmful to children, especially when not labelled correctly.
Health expert and Lean Life Coach Tal Brodsky states that “Children at schools consume milk in high quantities. Regular, white milk offers many nutrients; however, flavoured milk products such as chocolate or strawberry are overly processed and include many harmful additives.”
The milk lobby claims that by not having to label additives such as aspartame in dairy products, consumers can “more easily identify [milk’s] overall nutritional value.” Brodsky believes that if the FDA moves to approve this request, they would be doing the very opposite.
“It seems rather contradictory to state that by hiding certain ingredients, consumers can better identify the nutritional value of a product,” Brodsky says. “In reality, it’s the other way around. We should demand better food labelling and empower consumers to make healthy, educated choices about what they eat,” he says.
The milk lobby argues that allowing such additives to go unlabelled would promote “honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace.” Lean On Life believes that this could be achieved by clearly and honestly labelling products as what they are. If the industry has nothing to hide by artificially sweetening milk and dairy products, they should not be trying to disguise the practice.
Lean On Life urges consumers to voice their concerns against the recent proposal by writing to the FDA directly here.
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