Nutrition Group Says Chocolate Milk Is OK, No Need For Aspartame
Earlier this year, a petition to allow the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in milk garnered some press. Proponents of the measure argued it would cut calories of both regular and chocolate milk, which as served in schools, despite the fact that aspartame has been linked to obesity and diabetes. Now, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is urging the FDA to reject the petition, but not because of the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners.
So what's the academy's beef with the petition? Well, it goes back to the assertion that the dairy industry makes in its petition that the change (allowing no or low-calorie sweeteners in milk) could promote healthful eating and help reduce childhood obesity.
Not necessarily, says the academy.
"Flavored milk is not a major source of added sugar in children's diets," says Bergman.
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