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Milo: What Nestle Doesn’t Want You to Know


Did you know that every 28 grams of Milo you consume contains an average of 3 teaspoons of sugar? That’s a whopping 40% of the total quantity in a pack of the popular beverage – and that is if you didn’t add an extra teaspoon of sugar. The label on each pack of the product attests to this.

Precisely, a tin of Milo contains about 12g sugar; while the 3-in-1 sachet contains 13.8g of sugar per serving. Apparently, consumers are worse off when they buy the 3-in-1 pack which contains approximately 15% more sugar. In fact, a healthy child will have to run about 2km to burn off all that level of sugar.

It is assumed that Nestle simply wants to keep up with consumers’ desire for sweetness.

The Swiss company claims it is committed to producing healthy foods for its consumers. But in an age where the campaign against sugar is toppling business’ desire for profit at the detriment of consumers, Nestle has to rethink its strategy especially for Milo.

Although the company said Milo is made from cocoa, malt (barley) and milk with added sugar. But it has been discovered that beside the ‘added sugar’, there is a sugar producing ingredient in the product. It is called Maltodextrin, a polysaccharide used as additive in food.  It is made from grain starch obtained from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. According to an article published on September 9, 2014 by The Sentinel, a portal for investigative journalism,  Maltodextrin can spike blood level very fast because it can reach the bloodstream faster than other substances.

More, a health-focused media, Medical News Today, explained, in an article published last year July, “Maltodextrin has an even higher glycemic index (GI) than table sugar. This means that Maltodextrin can cause a sharp increase, or spike, in people’s blood sugar shortly after they eat foods that contain it”.

Some of the side effects of the additive are weight gain, bloating, gas, flatulence; while it may also cause asthma and cramps. How Nestle Plc has continued to use such highly potent ingredient for making Milo is puzzling.

Besides, the positioning of Milo as a sports drink is baffling. How can a product that has the potential to cause obesity and diabetes be marketed as a development beverage for future athletes?

It comes to this. Manufacturers should be honest and truthful. They need to properly inform consumers about the effects of the ingredients packed into the products they sell to the public.


Uche Onunkwo
I am Uche Onunkwo, an optimistic journalist with a flair for adventures. I am a presenter, a writer, storyteller, an editor, and a voice over artist.


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