Thursday, 23 February 2012

News Brief: beware "nutrient-enhanced" milk -- nutritionalist

Consumers of fresh or powdered milk products are urged to pay attention to information on food labels before making a purchase, as many items contain unnecessary and excessive additives, a foundation said yesterday, the Taipei Times reports today (full article here).

Although some milk cartons are emblazoned with words such as “nutrient-enhanced,” the milk itself has a high cream content, which translates into more fat and a less balanced diet, said Hsu Hui-yu (許惠玉), director of the nutritional section of the John Tung Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to public welfare.

A survey conducted by the foundation earlier this year found most milk products contain a wide range of additives such as calcium and sugar substitutes.

“Our bodies do not need these additives,” said Lin Wei (林薇), a professor at Chinese Culture University’s department of food health and nutrition science.

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