The Definition of Milk May Soon Include Chemical Sweeteners

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- The FDA could soon approve the sweetener aspartame as a hidden additive in a number of dairy products, including milk served to school children. The idea is to replace sugar in flavored milks served to those students.

The dairy industry groups want to alter the definition of milk to include any "safe and suitable sweetener." This means dairy products could contain chemical sweeteners without listing them on the front panel.

Andrea Early is a school nutritionist, and she doesn't think it's necessary to add the sweeteners at all.

"Of course our preference is for them to learn to like plain unflavored milk, which we know they do prefer the sweetened more. But, if we can reduce the sugars in those overall, I feel like that's a better approach then adding the artificial sweeteners," said Early.

At this point, Early said she would not serve artificial sweeteners to her students.

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