Nutrition Group Says Chocolate Milk Is OK, No Need For Aspartame


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A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Nutrition Group Says Chocolate Milk Is OK, No Need For Aspartame
The dairy industry has been pushing for the FDA to allow milk containing artificial sweeteners to be labeled simply as “milk,” but the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is urging the FDA to reject the petition. Among the reasons they cite: chocolate milk. (Read the story from NPR to find out!)

What Can’t You Make With Chickpeas?
Mark Bittman shares several tasty and unexpected ways to use the mighty garbanzo bean. These recipes are gluten-free, too! His recipe for socca (chickpea flatbread) is one of my favorite savory sides.

8 Easier Alternatives to Pull-Ups
Fellow SparkPeople editor Melinda, a CrossFit fanatic, showed off her pull-up skills the last time I was at SP HQ. She’s really strong! For those of us who can’t quite manage one yet, the Huffington Post shares some less challenging alternatives.

Get Fit in Middle Age to Cut Heart Failure Risk, Study Says
It’s never too late to get fit, according to a new study. If you’re overweight or out of shape in your 40s and 50s, you can still get healthy and help heart health, says Health Day. (My gramma lost 50 pounds just before she turned 70 a few years ago. She looks great—and feels wonderful!)

Can A Piece Of Hair Reveal How Much Coke Or Pepsi You Drink?
Oh, the secrets your hair could reveal! We don’t mean your natural hair color—that’s between you and your stylist. We mean your soda habits. As it turns out, there’s an interesting way to tell how much cola you really drink, says NPR.

7 Slimmed-Down Salad Dressings
I’m often tempted by the rows upon rows of salad dressing bottles at the supermarket, but my frugal nature and desire to reduce excess ingredients usually win out. Homemade salad dressings are affordable and delicious. I can’t wait to give some of these new recipes from Shape a try.

Wow Abs Now: Two-Week Abs Makeover Workout
Fitness magazine shares a waist-whittling workout that will target your core in two weeks. If you’re looking for something to shake up your strength workouts, give this a try.

Best Tool to Fight Childhood Obesity? Your Kitchen
Healthy eating starts at home—and is crucial for curbing kids’ weight problems, says the NYT.

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    Well I don't like chocolate milk. So this is not for me. - 5/28/2013   4:01:51 PM
  • 9
    I make snickerdoodle (chickpea) blondies. They're a fabulous, to die for "healthy" treat! Only 76 cals for a large bar. Main ingredients are; chickpeas, natural peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce and oats (add a sweetener of choice; bananas would probably work wonderfully if you want aux natural).

    Here's the recipe for anyone who's interested:

    400g Chickpeas, canned, unsalted (240g drained)
    3 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
    3/4 tsp Baking Powder
    1/8 tsp Baking Soda
    1 tsp Vanilla extract
    1/8 cup Splenda Brown sugar blend (or sweetener of choice)
    1 tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
    1/4 Quick Cooking Oats

    Blend, process, mash all ingredients.
    Bake at 350 F in an 8x10 baking pan for 35-40 mins.
    Allow them to cool and firm up before cutting. 10 servings = approx. 75 cals per bar
    Freezes well!

    I highly recommend topping them with dark chocolate chips. ;) - 5/28/2013   7:11:10 AM
  • 8
    Love chickpeas! - 5/27/2013   10:08:05 AM
  • PATTI345
    Chocolate milk is not OK. It's actually pretty bad for you. Just in case anyone reads the title and moves on, as many do when casually browsing, take a look at this: "chocolate milk contains 80% more calories drop per drop than Coca Cola". That's from Dr. Freedhoff's blog, Weighty Matters. If you're one of those people that had to drop pop from your diet to lose weight, drinking chocolate milk will reverse your efforts on that front. - 5/27/2013   9:00:19 AM
  • 6
    WOW! - 5/26/2013   3:28:33 AM
  • 5
    That "Piece of hair" story isn't exactly what it claims to be. It's a technique for measuring SUGAR consumption. "People with a lot of C-13 are likely to be people who have consumed a lot of corn syrup and cane sugar," is what the article says. Cornsyrup and cane sugar are in lots of things the last time I checked, not just coke and pepsi. - 5/25/2013   8:39:10 PM
  • ROBIN150
    I just got caught up in the milk article. So the dairy industry is looking to become the next beverage industry. I believe they're thinking along the lines of 'how can we get this to be as close to soda as possible to make it appealing to kids'. Unfortunately putting aspartame in milk is the most convoluted idea ever especially when you want to add it and still call milk, milk. Why would I want to drink that?

    - 5/25/2013   7:56:31 PM
  • 3
    I cook daily. My 17 yr. Old son is obese like both of his parents. We've always cooked at home. Portion distortion is the problem. Diabetes has come into play for both of us and we are truing to teach our son before he is 50 obese and diabetic like we are. Spark people is wonderful with good information and support. We have a large vegetable garden also. - 5/25/2013   7:36:32 PM
  • 2
    So why not just advertise chocolate milk with artificial sweetners as opposed to sugar as "diet" like every other beverage out there with the same reason? Called regular, sweetened milk vanilla or something. I'm not opposed to using artificial instead of regular sugar, but please still label it so that the consumer knows what they are getting. - 5/25/2013   5:00:50 PM
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    Love the salad dressing powerpoint! Plan on trying the lemon dressing and the miso dressing. - 5/25/2013   3:14:12 PM

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