Chocolate Formula Draws Ire of Moms
Too sweet, or a good way to get toddlers to drink more milk?
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2010 5:41 PM CDT
A can of Enfagrow Premium vanilla formula.   (Enfagrow)

(Newser) – A popular formula for toddlers available in chocolate and vanilla flavors is drawing fire from nutritionists and parents, notes the Chicago Breaking Business blog. Critics have slammed Mead Johnson Nutrition's Enfagrow Premium on the blogosphere—starting with Marion Nestle at Food Politics—as another gateway to childhood obesity. "What's next, genetically modifying moms to produce chocolate breast milk?" asked one parent on a forum on

Mead Johnson has argued that the health benefits of getting kids to drink milk outweigh the effects of the sweetening. But critics say sweet formula hampers a broader goal—instilling in kids early an appreciation for lots of dietary variety. "You want kids to be interested in eating a very very wide range of foods because variety helps create nutritional balance," says Nestle, an NYU professor of nutrition and public health. "You don't want them to think that every food needs to be sweet or salty."

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May 7, 2010 8:48 PM CDT
Get on rice milk its better. To many chemicals and sweetners in our foods
May 7, 2010 8:42 PM CDT
Sounds like our food industry! Milk isn't all what its cracked up to be either. It should be about whole foods not more sweets and chemicals.
May 6, 2010 1:52 AM CDT
Sickest thing that I ever read here. And you don't need to genetically alter mom--if she's on meth or a five martini day--baby gets that. Why we nurse with nutritious standards and want a drink so bad that after nine months of gestation and six of nursing we wean that pup and have a drink. Unbelievable--chocolate. That is maybe worse than cigarette companies spiking the nicotine.