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Published on April 23rd, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan


FDA Wants Comments on Artificial Sweeteners in Milk


A few weeks ago I posted on how the dairy industry wants to be able to put aspartame in milk without labeling it. Now is your chance to let the FDA know how you feel about it. As I mentioned in my original post, the FDA issued a notice to request comments, data, and information about the issues presented in the petition.

Comments to the FDA, written or electronic, must be submitted by May 21, 2013.

What’s the big deal? Are artificial sweeteners any different than natural sweeteners? The Harvard Medical School Health Blog points out that “how the human body and brain respond to these sweeteners is very complex and that there’s more to the artificial sweeteners than their effect on weight.

The HMS Health Blog asserts:

  • People who use artificial sweeteners may replace the lost calories through other sources, possibly offsetting weight loss or health benefits.
  • Artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value.
  • Artificial sweeteners may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food, and gain weight.
  • Artificial sweeteners may be addictive.
  • We really don’t know what effect large amounts of these chemicals will have over many years.
  • Daily consumption of diet drinks was associated with a 36% greater risk for metabolic syndrome and a 67% increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Which brings us back to the FDA call for comments. As Marion Nestle notes on her blog

Do weigh in on this one.  It’s not hard to do. Go to Search for docket number FDA-2009-P-0147.

Milk photo: Shutterstock

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

2 Responses to FDA Wants Comments on Artificial Sweeteners in Milk

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  2. Tory Comiso says:

    Today artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet,” including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, and ice cream and yogurt. ;:`*

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