March 16, 2012

Podcast: Despite spam-like ads, sugar is sugar, even in chocolate milk

In this podcast, Dan Wesely, a farmer from Morse Bluff and member of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, discusses TV and other ads for a brand of chocolate milk that the manufacturer suggests is healthier because it contains "no high fructose corn syrup."

Wesley calls Dean Foods' ads for its chocolate milk "spam" because they stretch the truth and mislead.

"Deen Foods thinks it is being clever by suggesting its chocolate milk is healthier because they don’t use high fructose corn syrup – or what we call corn sugar. Instead, they use sugar from another source," Wesley said.

The chocolate still contains sugar — and the same number of calories. "And since Dean Foods says it is indeed made from milk produced by cows, it contains the same good nutrients as any other milk you can buy, chocolate or otherwise," he said.

Science and researchers for years have said there’s no difference between corn sugar and sugar from other sources. The American Medical Association and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics even agree on the subject.

Wesley said milk is a great, nutritious product, and that chocolate milk is a nice treat.

"But we shouldn’t have to question the healthfulness of milk based on the misleading marketing ploy by a large dairy company," he said.

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