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Is it Okay to Add Aspartame to Milk? Let’s All Hope Not!

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 1.23.17 PMI was sad to see news last week that the milk industry has petitioned the FDA to approve the use of aspartame, an artificial, chemically-created sweetener also known as NutraSweet and Equal, as a way to create a lower-calorie milk. You can find the article here.

The natural products industry is under tremendous pressure to innovate and create new products, and the milk industry is by no means immune. Another likely factor at play in this news is our society’s continued desire for products that provide it all – great flavor, great nutrition, zero calories and, of course, cheap. An artificially-sweetened, low-calorie milk is such a great example of how just because something can technically be done it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do.

Milk is an American symbol of what is good and wholesome in our diets. As a mother, I’ve been told repeatedly to give milk to my children (not just for the calcium but also as a liquid-dense source of calories). It is an excellent addition to the diet for many of us due to the protein, calcium and vitamin D it provides. If you’re open to drinking raw milk, the benefits multiply exponentially.

It’s because milk is so wholesome and because so many of us rely on milk to keep ourselves and our families healthy, that adding an artificial sweetener to it is especially troubling. Like all natural things, milk was beautifully created with just the right amount of calories and sugar (lactose). If we need a low calorie drink, let’s all turn to a nice big glass of pure water and save our milk for a nicely (and naturally) packaged snack.

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