Just when I thought this nightmare-ish life we are living in could not get worse than potentially having a genetically engineered salmon created then having it escape in our oceans and threaten the wild population of salmon, I read an article about how the dairy industry is trying to petition the FDA to approve the use of aspartame in ALL dairy products (milk, sour cream, yogurt, whipped cream, etc) - unlabeled.
Yes. You heard that right. Aspartame. In dairy products. Unlabeled.
That is not even the worst bit. Out of this whole mess, the part that really gets under my skin is the reasoning The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have for wanting to put this deadly sweetener in our dairy products.
Straight from the petition this week-
IDFA and NMPF state that the proposed amendments would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products. They state that lower-calorie flavored milk would particularly benefit school children who, according to IDFA and NMPF, are more inclined to drink flavored milk than unflavored milk at school. As further support for the petition, IDFA and NMPF state that the proposed amendments would assist in meeting several initiatives aimed at improving the nutrition and health profile of food served in the nation's schools.
To sum it up what they are saying is they believe it will be better for our children's health to drink milk that is tainted with an ingredient that is accounted for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. No worries though, let's just add another toxin (that will be hidden) to the already hormone-contaminated milk from an antibiotics-inundated cow fed genetically modified crops because the IDFA and NMPF believe it is going to "save our kids."
Is anyone else outraged about this preposterous claim? How come these big companies think they can choose whatever they believe is safe and healthy for our children?
Excitotoxins and Aspartame
What is an excitotoxin? An excitotoxin excites your taste buds and enhances flavor but aspartame takes it one step further and overstimulates your neuron receptors. Neuron receptors are what allow your brain cells to communicate to one another. The signals fire so rapidly they over-tire, release free radicals and eventually die off. Your brain cells literally die from being over exhausted by this chemical toxin. To make it worse, the parts of the brain that are specifically targeted by excitotoxins are the hypothalamus and temporal lobes, which not only control behavior, emotions, and sleep cycles, but you guessed it, immunity.
Okay, I know I've said it possibly couldn't get worse but I'm going to throw one more thing at you. The blood brain barrier that would normally help protect against these free radicals are not fully developed in children.
I'll give you a second to take that in.
Our government may approve a deadly chemical to use in dairy products that causes brain damage to specifically "save" our children but our children's brains have not grown enough to where they possibly have a chance to fight these excitotoxins off.
Are you angry yet? You should be. Even if you do not purchase commercial dairy products you should still be outraged because it's not just about you! We can not let our government do one more thing to poison our children. Think about the masses of children (and adults) who will fall prey to this terrible, terrible regulation.
One last thing to get your blood boiling (or even more boiling to where steam is coming from your ears).
The IDFA and NMPF feel so strongly that this will be the solution to protect your children that they feel even more strongly you do not have the right to know if the yogurt, sour cream, milk, cream, whipped cream or any other dairy product you buy contains aspartame.
Here is what the petition says:
IDFA and NMPF argue that nutrient content claims such as "reduced calorie" are not attractive to children, and maintain that consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims. Further, the petitioners assert that consumers do not recognize milk -- including flavored milk -- as necessarily containing sugar. Accordingly, the petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can "more easily identify its overall nutritional value."
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