Milo (drink)

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Tin of Milo in 2016

Milo (stylised as MILO) is a chocolate and malt powder from Australia that is mixed with milk or hot water to make a drink. It was first sold at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in Sydney, New South Wales. It is popular in many other countries in Australia, Oceania, South America, and certain parts of Africa and Asia. The name comes from the famous ancient Greek wrestler Milo of Croton, after his legendary strength. It was invented by Australian Thomas Mayne in 1934. It is now made by Nestlé.[1]

Controversy[change | change source]

Nestle have been financially helping nutritionists creating a false scientific report about their products, according to a surprising report published in the New York Times in December 2017. [2]

Mindvalley's founder and CEO shared a video that drew the attention of millions of people around the world. The CEO discussed the New York Times article and lambasted Nestlé for selling sugary goods as nutritious food. He used Milo as an example, stating that he was advised to drink two to three glasses of the malt drink to help him improve his athletic performance.

However, he pointed out that a whopping 40% of Milo is made up of pure sugar! That's not even the scariest part, as he goes on to say in the video. He also stated that sugar isn't the only harmful ingredient in Milo, mentioning Maltodextrin as another food additive to avoid. [3][4][5]Maltodextrin may cause allergic reactions, weight gain, gas, flatulence, and bloating. Maltodextrin may also cause a rash or skin irritation, asthma, cramping, or difficulty breathing.[6]

In the Philippines, MILO has been reportedly spreading false marketing ads in television and in the Internet claiming that MILO can cure "Energy Gap", a false disease claiming 4 out of 5 kids in the Philippines suffers. [7][8][9][10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "History". Nestlé. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. Fuller, Thomas; O’Connor, Anahad; Richtel, Matt (2017-12-23). "In Asia's Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  3. "Here's All You Need to Know About The Viral Milo Sugar Controversy". WORLD OF BUZZ. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  4. Editor (2018-02-13). "A Sneak Peak on the Viral Nestle Milo Controversy in Malaysia". Desk Worldwide. Retrieved 2021-04-24.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. Hong, Tan Heng (2018-03-03). "Milo drops health rating following pressure from health groups". Mini Me Insights. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  6. "Milo (drink)". Wikipedia. 2021-04-24.
  7. "Milo (drink)". Wikipedia. 2021-04-24.
  8. Asia, MARKETING Magazine (2018-02-09). "We don't need no sugar daddy". MARKETING Magazine Asia. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  9. "Milo (drink)". Wikipedia. 2021-04-24.
  10. "Milo (drink)". Wikipedia. 2021-04-24.

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