Coca-Cola’s New Milk Product

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  • Coca-Cola’s new milk product: The new dairy drink by Coca Cola called Fairlife with 50% more protein, 30% more calcium, and 50% less sugar is currently coming to shelves nationwide. But as nutritionist Alissa Rumsey, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states: “When you really look at the numbers, it can sound appealing, but in general most Americans are already getting enough protein. If you need more, eat an egg or a handful of almonds. And people who need more calcium should up their intake of dark leafy greens, not the so-called Frankenmilk.” Other experts were also not sold on this low-sugar milk. Gans, author of The Small Change Diet added: “Natural milk is filled with wholesome lactose, not processed sugars. I never looked at the sugar in milk as a problem.” Fairlife’s filtering process eliminates the lactose in favor of an enzyme that converts it into simple sugar. As more and more Americans are turning away from sugary drinks, and soda sales fell to a 19-year-low in 2013, Coca Cola is trying to get into the milk business now. Coca-Cola North America President Sandy Douglas said when the product was introduced last year: “Fairlife is basically the premiumization of milk and will rain money for investors.”
  • Dark chocolate is not always what it seams: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns people who are allergic to milk, that according to their recent study, trace amounts of milk were found in 59 percent of dark chocolate products in the U.S. As researcher Binaifer Bedford, M.S., an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow explained: “This can be a problem, since even one small bite of a product containing milk can cause a dangerous reaction in some individuals. And you can’t always tell that’s the case simply by reading the food label”. The FDA test of more than 100 dark chocolate bars revealed that many of them contained undeclared milk. While it’s probably not on purpose, this contamination could happen when a dark chocolate product shares equipment with a milk or white chocolate product.
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