Potentially Toxic Ingredient Could End Up Hidden in Your Kid's Favorite Foods

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aspartameMaybe you're okay with your kids eating artificial sweetener. Maybe you're not. Either way, you'd probably want to know if it was in your child's food, right? If a current petition from two major dairy organizations is successful, the FDA could begin to allow aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to be added to milk and other dairy products WITHOUT a label. On the basis that doing so will "promote healthy eating" in children. Which is kind of ironic, considering the FDA actually banned aspartame ... twice.

And with good reason.

See, my parents were hippies, so I was raised eating all-natural and organic long before it was cool (or even acceptable). Artificial flavor? Forget it. Artificial color? Not a chance! But the most offensive ingredient of all, in my mother's opinion, was artificial sweetener -- otherwise known as aspartame. Diet soda, sugarless gum, and the like were absolutely forbidden in my house, because natural food-types believed the stuff could cause health problems from cancer to epilepsy.

Like most kids, when I got older, I decided everything my mother said was nonsense. Then when I got even older, I realized some of the things my mother said weren't nonsense ... and according to tons of research, the stuff about artificial sweetener being unhealthy was NOT nonsense. Why? Here's a little bit of background info on what, exactly, aspartame IS:

An Aspartame molecule is essentially made up of 3 different substances. 90% of it is made of two natural amino acids, 1 being aspartic acid and the other being phenylalanine. The other 10% of the molecule is made up of a methyl ester bond (includes Methanol). The methanol is released from the aspartame within hours of consumption and begins traveling through the body via the blood. Once the methyl ester bond is broken, it separates into methyl alcohol and methanol (wood alcohol). The big problem with methanol is that it easily passes into your blood-brain barrier and, once there, is converted into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is what is causing the brain damage. While animals are able to detoxify methanol in the body, humans do not have this capability.

Wow, that's fairly horrifying. Especially considering the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation are trying to convince the FDA to HIDE THIS STUFF in dairy products. I'm not okay with that ... are you?!

Do you think the FDA should be allowed to hide aspartame in dairy products?


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amiec... amiecanflie

If this happens I will flip some shit.

youth... youthfulsoul

Guess we will stop drinking milk if that's the case. I used to drink diet soda ALL the time. Once I gave it up, I realized it (the aspartame) was the cause of my daily headaches.  I certainly don't want my kids drinking it. I've stopped buying yogurt too because it's in some brands. 

kitty... kittykal47

Ha. The dairy industry lobbyists must be evil wizards because they get away with some of the most ridiculous shenanigans. Milk and dairy is not healthy for humans to eat. It's formulated to feed baby cows. It isn't digested well by humans. The aspartame wouldn't change anything except to make us all even fatter than ever.

Haley Maya Unger

Great. They are going to add something I am violently allergic to milk and not label it. How awesome is that? Not very.


Going back to veganism is looking better and better.


lovem... lovemyson1224

I will just stop drinking milk if that's the case. Which stinks because I love it.

baham... bahamamama61

Holy Cow! Is that another way to control us? By sneaking poison in our systems?:(

jalaz77 jalaz77

I hope not.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

That is crazy. I too am anti artificial sweetners as much as possible but putting it in milk would drop milk from our house. And i would have some sad little girls.

nonmember avatar Cass

Jeez, stop the fear mongering. All this would mean is that strawberry and chocolate (NOT REGULAR) milk doesn't have to be labeled as "sweetened" or things along those lines. Instead, it would just be called milk. Aspartame will still be on the ingredients list. If you have to ask yourself why nobody else is writing in outrage, it probably means the problem never existed.

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

You know what? Pretty soon we aren't going to eat anything! Every time I turn around there is something wrong with what we are eating. I'm about to buy a cow, chicken and pig in the back yard so that when i'm achin for some bacon or have an itchin for some chicken I can eat it care free! I'm gonna have the kids start growing their own veggies so that I can know that they are truly eating organically cause buying it from the health food store is more expensive then buying junk food....SMH

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