Another GMO insult to our food supply…and worse!
This proposal, sponsored by large dairy groups and currently pending at FDA, is to add aspartame sweetener as a standard to milk and other products purportedly to combat obesity in kids. Why add sweeteners – especially when milk doesn’t need it and particularly when Yale university researcher, Dana Small just completed a study indicating there are problematic side effects. The Yale study found that artificial sugar substitutes, with their intense sweetness, may rewire taste receptors so less sweet and healthier foods are not preferred. Thus, kids and adults may end up shifting their general diets to sweeter, higher calorie foods, which are typically less healthy and increase the risks for being overweight.
How can FDA not take into account well-documented published research like this Yale study showing artificial sweeteners produce the desire for more sweet foods and that they can contribute to obesity instead of combating it?
Further overlooked by many is that Genetically Modified (GM) bacteria is most often used to create aspartame these days, but the FDA has given it a “GRAS” safe pass . And did you know that scientists are raising more concerns about allergies relating to genetically modified organisms?
What is the reasoning that standard milk offerings in the supermarket need to be pre-sweetened? LET’S KEEP MILK PLAIN AND SIMPLE! These changes would likely not be noticed on the label, especially when kids buy their own milk to drink.
The proposed amendments would foist unfair and deceptive practices on the consumer, and worse take unfair advantage of kids, when that consumer is a child. The petition should be turned down and not see the light of day. Otherwise kids and the obese, the most vulnerable to these changes, will likely suffer the consequences.
Contact FDA and your Congressmen on Docket No. FDA-2009-P-0147 Flavored Milk Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products
If the public doesn’t speak up the FDA won’t hear. The comment period to FDA is open to the public until April 22, 2013. You can also tell your congressmen about your feelings on this amendment.