Soy, almond, rice, hemp, pistachio, macadamia nut, sunflower. What do all those have in common? They are all “milk.” Or at least the makers of said “milk” would like you to believe that! But those products don’t fit the actual definition of dairy milk, although they are labeled “milk” and placed in the dairy aisle at the supermarket. Those milk-like drinks contain very little protein or calcium, and a large group of Congress wants you to know that!
Those 32 members of Congress, many of them from big milk-producing states, wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, calling on the FDA to order manufacturers of plant-based drinks to find some other name. Democratic Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, a co-author of the letter, points out that the FDA already has a legal definition of milk, and “the FDA regulation defines milk as something that comes from a mammary gland. So we’re asking the FDA basically to enforce its own regulation.”
No response yet from the FDA, but it’s not the first time a similar request has been made with no changes enforced.
So now I’m curious. What type of “milk” do you drink? I’ve actually never tried anything other than regular milk, and we normally just drink regular 2%, but I know so many people who drink all different types. What do you prefer? Is it because of dietary restrictions or do you prefer the taste?
Milk, it does a body good!
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