Why has the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considered a petition to allow artificial sweeteners such as aspartame to be put into many milk products without even labeling it as an ingredient? The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have submitted a petition asking that the Agency amend the standard of identity for milk and seventeen more dairy food items so that it includes the utilization of any “safe and suitable” sweetener as an optional ingredient.
These kinds of “optional ingredients” are sweeteners added into such things as chocolate milk. They claim that lower-calorie flavored milk might especially “benefit” school children who, according to the IDFA and the NMPF, are generally more prone to drink flavored milk rather than unflavored milk in school. These days, artificial sweeteners are currently allowed to be added as long as they are included on the product label.
Their Reasons for the Petition
They claim that the proposed amendments should “promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products”. However, the IDFA and the NMPF argue that nutrient content statements like “reduced calorie” are not appealing to children.
They maintain that buyers can more quickly detect the overall nutritional value of milk products which were flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if product labels do not have these kinds of claims. This has been done to accommodate the use of virtually any “safe and suitable” sweetener such as aspartame as an alternative ingredient.
This deceives you by not revealing its use on the ingredients label list. In addition to just normal milk as well as low fat milk and nonfat milk, the other dairy products include: acidified milk, cultured milk, sweetened condensed milk, nonfat dry milk, nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D, evaporated milk, dry cream, heavy cream, light cream, light whipping cream, sour cream, acidified sour cream, eggnog, half-and-half, yogurt, low fat yogurt, and nonfat yogurt.
These products could very well be used in a large number of other milk-based products. So there is a much larger objective being pursued here than just getting aspartame into milk. They don’t want you to know that it is even in the milk. In addition, they want to put this tainted milk into many more milk products and processed foods. Something doesn’t quite smell right here… Wouldn’t you agree? Now, let’s have a look at some of the documented facts regarding aspartame.
What Aspartame Is
This ingredient, that is 200 times sweeter than sugar, is made of 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin which is a substance that is able to excite the brain to the point of death. It alters the processes of brain development in newborn infants.
In addition, it can permanently contribute to hyperactivity and behavioral modifications in children. The phenylalanine in aspartame is actually synthetically altered to carry a methyl group. The methyl bond (called a methyl ester) is extremely weak. This allows the methyl group in the phenylalanine to more easily break off and develop more methanol.
The natural methanol in vegetables and fruits is strongly bonded to pectin, which enables it to be safely transferred through the digestive tract. On the other hand, the methanol from Aspartame is NOT firmly bonded which may develop harmful consequences because it will remain inside the body.
History of Aspartame
While perfecting an ulcer drug, James Schlatter (a chemist at G.D. Searle & Company), unexpectedly discovered aspartame in December of 1965. The endorsement for the use of aspartame in food products was the most contested endorsement in FDA history.
In July of 1974, the FDA authorized aspartame its first approval for restricted use in dry foods only after Searle showed that they had thoroughly tested it. Later, the Searle company’s testing procedures are eventually called into question. So the FDA calls for the very first criminal investigation ever upon a company in FDA history.
It wasn’t until July of 1981 that aspartame was allowed back into our dry food items after lots of political wrangling and heated debate. In the Fall of 1983, the initial carbonated drinks containing aspartame are sold for human consumption after lots of additional debate.
I challenge you to find one package of gum at your local quick-stop market that does NOT contain aspartame. In fact, while you are at it, check out the candy also. I showed this to a manager of the small store where I get my gas and he was absolutely astounded!
In the Fall of 1967, Dr. Harold Waisman, a biochemist at the University of Wisconsin, conducted aspartame safety lab tests on infant monkeys for the Searle Company. Of the seven monkeys which were being fed aspartame mixed with milk, one died and five others suffered from grand mal seizures.
The methanol from Aspartame is transported into susceptible cellular material in the body including the brain and even bone marrow. Then the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme transforms it into formaldehyde. This carcinogenic water-soluble gas then has disastrous effects upon sensitive proteins and DNA in any of these tissues.
Examples of Documented Side-Effects
Dietary Problems: Increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings and loss of taste.
Mental Problems: Depression, panic attacks, mood alterations, hyperactivity in children, insomnia, dizziness, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritability, phobias and memory loss.
Physical Problems: Headaches/migraines, increased fat storage, increased weight gain, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, hearing loss, vision problems, fibromyalgia, severe PMS and epileptic seizures.
Serious Health Problems: Bone marrow tumors (myeloma), cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma), cancer of the bone marrow (leukemia), birth defects including mental retardation, multiple sclerosis (MS) and autoimmune diseases (i.e. type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis).
In the future, if this is approved by the FDA, anytime you see the word “milk” on any label of a product, our milk products could include any variety of artificial sweeteners. The sweeteners used and their quantities will not even be listed on the label of the product.
There are many harmful effects produced by this artificial sweetener that have been listed above. Many of these effects are not even noticed immediately, but are produced at a later time. These effects can even be passed down through our children because of the influence it can have on our DNA. So the consequences are not just limited to a few people.
We cannot allow artificial sweeteners such as aspartame to be put into our many milk products when we won’t even know what the sweetener is. There is still time to stop this petition from being accepted and endorsed by the FDA. I encourage you to take action against this now before it is too late. Raw milk may become a much more popular option in the future. Milk is supposed to “make a body good” and not be a detriment to our health. Have you “Got Aspartame“?
The Dangers of Aspartame
I wish you the best of “believing” in all of your future endeavors,
ROB – (admin)
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