Dr Oz: Soda vs Flavored Milk
Did you know the dairy industry wants to add artificial sweeteners to some of your favorite milk products? Dr. Oz talked about the petition that could lead to a change in the labeling of dairy products, making it harder for consumers to know what they are actually buying at the grocery store. Find out the “definition” of milk along with some other startling information that might leave you as concerned as Dr. Oz!
Dr Oz: Dairy Association Petitions FDA To Add Artificial Sweeteners To Milk
Cary Frye, National Dairy Foods Association, told Dr. Oz the petition was filed to give the dairy industry more choices to offer in the entire marketplace. She wanted to be clear that this petition only pertains to products that contain a sweetener, like flavored milks or sweetened Eggnog. Cary explained there is no need or desire to add a sweetener to a product that is not intended to be sweet. She says the dairy industry simply wants more options aside from real sugar and honey when it comes to adding low-calorie sweeteners to dairy products. Keith Ayoob, pediatric nutritionist, says there is research that shows people who eat zero-calorie sweeteners get a more nutrient-dense diet that includes more fruit. He argues artificial sweeteners have been proven to be safe, but Dr. Oz interjected and said it is not about whether they are safe or not it is about whether they help us to achieve our goal, which is healthier kids.
Dr Oz: Artificially Sweetened Milk vs Low-Calorie Sports Drinks
Dr. Oz says his biggest concern with the dairy industry’s desire to add artificial sweeteners to milk products is transparency. He asked Cary Frye why the labels cannot still be clearly labeled on the front of the package so parents can be certain of what they are buying. Cary says the milk industry would like more flexibility as they compete with low-calorie sodas and sports drink companies, who are not required to include the labeling on the front of their packaging. Dr. Oz says he goes out of his way to promote a healthy beverage like milk because of its nutritional value and he also goes out of his way to caution strongly against low-calorie beverages with no nutritional value, so he still questions the need to add chemical-filled artificial sweeteners to a wholesome drink like milk.
Dr Oz: Aspartame In Milk?
Cary Frye reiterated the dairy association simply wants more flexibility. She told Dr. Oz there are certainly more “natural” options when it comes to artificial sweeteners, such as stevia and monk fruit juice. Dr. Oz says aspartame is specifically mentioned in the dairy industry’s petition, so he asked if there is a plan to go into schools and make changes there as well, but Cary Frye says those are separate regulations so there is no plan to go into schools at this time. Dr. Oz wondered why the same rules and regulations being followed for schools are not the same for selling milk products to the general public.
Dr Oz: Artificial Sweeteners To Boost Milk Sales?
Dr. Oz says many critics would argue the dairy industry wants to add artificial sweeteners to milk products and not label them clearly as a way to boost sales. Cary Frye says that dairy farmers and others in the milk industry certainly want to boost sales, but she says they mostly want more options so they can compete with other low-calorie beverages that contain no nutritional value. Keith Ayoob added that he is most concerned with the lack of calcium in the diet of most children. He says artificial sweeteners have been proven to be safe across all age groups and they will still be on the label as part of the list of ingredients, so parents can read the label and decide if the product is right for their family.
Dr Oz: Artificial Sweeteners In Sour Cream?
Dr. Oz is still very concerned with the potential for the dairy industry to add artificial sweeteners to products like sour cream and half & half, arguing that regular white milk could be next as a way to get more people to drink the beverage. Cary Frye told Dr. Oz the standards currently state that such changes cannot be made to milk that is not already sweetened but she admitted the petition does mention other dairy products like sour cream and half & half because they already container a sweetener of some sort. She again says the dairy industry simply wants to be allowed more options to add a healthy low-calorie sweetener to those dairy products that are already being sweetened.