Like The Tobacco Industry The Dairy Industry Too Wants You Addicted: Aspartame in Milk
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Like The Tobacco Industry The Dairy Industry Too Wants You Addicted: Aspartame in Milk

The Dairy Industry doesn’t want its consumers to know that they add additives that ultimately make their consumers ‘addicted’ to their products. Such additives, aspartame for example, can be compared to the additives that the Tobacco Industry used in order to make their consumers addicted to their products as well. Should it be legal for industries to ‘poison’ their consumers with chemicals and not mention it?

The public is not very happy and is very concerned at the recent news of certain groups within the dairy industry petitioning to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame and not mention it or change the label.  In 2009 The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration to amend its identity for milk.  The attempt was to allow an attempt to use ‘safe and suitable’ sweeteners in dairy products such as milk, yogurt, whipping cream, and eggnog.  At the time the FDA only approved of ‘nutritive sweeteners’, as in those with calories, but the petition in 2009 requested that a determination be made to allow ‘non nutritive sweeteners’, such as aspartame, to be included in milk as well as other dairy products. 

The Milk Lobby is arguing that by not mentioning the non nutritive sweeteners on labels would still promote “honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace.”  This comment is highly contradictory as with the recent claims and dealings with the ‘horse-meat scandal.’  As well as allowing additives to go unlabeled does not promote transparency within a business which is the true way to promote “honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace,” not to mention transparency allows for healthy competition. 

The problem with aspartame is that studies have revealed that it is not a healthy substance for human consumption.  In fact, as of May 8th 2006 for Immediate Release the FDA made a statement that a European study of aspartame in rats revealed that it caused cancer.  Further studies have concluded that aspartame in linked to depression, migraines, fatigue, seizures, insomnia, tumors, and even infertility.  Aspartic acid, also called Aspartate, makes up 40 percent of aspartame and acts as a neurotransmitter within the brain helping information travel from one neuron to another.  However, an excess of aspartate, usually from overconsumption of a product containing aspartame, releases free radicals thus killing neurons by allowing too much calcium to be absorbed within the brain.  As well as 50 percent of aspartame consists of the amino acid phenylalanine which again if taken in high dosages can cause in increase in blood phenylalanine levels.  This means decreased serotonin, depression, and even seizures.  The remaining 10 percent of aspartame consists of Methanol also referred to as ‘wood alcohol.’  Methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde which ultimately causes side effects such as headaches, migraines, vertigo, and neuritis as it is poisonous to the body.       

What is most worrisome is that high dosages of aspartame, which is usually unavoidable, acts even more so within children as it does within adults.  As previously mentioned aspartame can act as a neurotransmitter within the brain but with children this increases their cravings for sugary foods tenfold.  It’s odd that for so long milk was promoted as a healthy beverage to be consumed with every meal than additives are added to the product to increase the rate of sugary food consumption much similar to the tobacco industry adding additives to increase addiction and the consumption rate of their consumers.               

Currently aspartame can be found in foods and beverages such as:

  • Instant Breakfasts and Cereals
  • Breath Mints
  • Instant Coffee and Teas
  • Soft Drinks
  • Milk
  • Multivitamins
  • Juice Beverages
  • Sugar Free Chewing Gum
  • Tabletop Sweeteners
  • Shake Mixes
  • Gelatin Desserts

It is hard to avoid aspartame altogether but it is possible to consume it in as little quantity as possible until most foods do not contain it via counter petitions.  In order to ultimately avoid aspartame and other unhealthy artificial sweeteners altogether petitions must be filed and processed and voices must be heard.  Until then however, promoting local gardens and farmers markets will help promote a healthy diet and lifestyle within communities and even family gardens can contribute to healthy and sustainable living within the household.    


FDA Statement on European Aspartame Study.” Michael Herndon, 301-827-6242

Dairy Industry Wants to Put Aspartame in Milk (And Not Label It).” By MsChaos  ONTD Political

What Are the Dangers of Aspartame?” By Kate McQuade

Aspartame’s Hidden Dangers.” By Mercola. Take Control of Your Health

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Ranked #23 in Healthy Living

This nonsense lately about not having these chemicals labeled on our food is getting ridiculous in the US, and this includes the fight about GMO labels. Aspartame is just nasty and actually makes some people sick. It has to be included on the label just like peanuts and other food products that people might be allergic to.