Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
I'm not sure if this has been pointed out - but as I read it the petition is NOT for the artificial sweetener to be removed from the list of ingredients at all, nor for milk to be "redefined" in any way.
It is for the requirement that the milk be advertised as "reduced calorie" or "Lite" or similar to be removed.
Other foods already do this eg icecream swettened with non-sugar additives is not required to have this labelling.
Umm, no offense, but what article did you read? The one posted in the OP? Because that article clearly states they're trying to take regularly FLAVORED milk, that's been flavored with refined sugars, and sub them out with "non-nutritive" sweeteners such as aspartame without indicating any such switch. To "combat childhood obesity."
Puhlease. All you need is a basic understanding of biochemistry to know that artificial sweeteners LEAD you to eat MORE because you receive none of the metabolic signals of fullness that you do when you consume foods with real sugar in it. Real sugar of course spikes your blood glucose levels and if you eat too much of the refined stuff you can gain weight. The artificial sweeteners have you downing the poison and then getting no satisfaction of fullness thus leading you to still be hungry.
edit on 26-2-2013 by ElectricGreen because: terminology fix