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Aspartame – you’ll never find it in Nopla!

You may have heard of the artificial sweetener, Aspartame. Arguably one of the, if not the most controversial sweeteners around. Aspartame is used as a sugar alternative and is widely used in products that many of us would consider to be ‘better’ for us. Products which come under the ‘diet’ category, such as diet coke.

What is aspartame made of and how can it affect us?

Aspartame is made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine, both of which are naturally occurring amino acids. There have been some studies that have found that artificial sweeteners disrupt the body's natural ability to regulate calorie intake, interpret hunger signals, and deal with food cravings.

The effects of Aspartame

One way aspartame and other non-nutritive sweeteners may affect body weight is by increasing people’s appetite, which may lead to higher food consumption.

Aspartame intake has been linked to various issues such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Allergies such as glucose intolerance

A study took place at the University of Texas Health Science Centre in San Antonio looking in to the effects of full-fat fizzy drinks in comparison to diet. The research found that people who drank a can of a diet fizzy drink were more likely to become overweight than those who drank full-fat fizzy drinks regularly. Each can of fizzy drinks consumed daily increased the risk of obesity by 41%. The study also showed that after 10 years, those who drank two or more cans of fizzy drink a day increased their risk of obesity by 500%.

If you eat something sweet, your brain is expecting you to gain energy from the sugar. However, when eating artificial sweeteners, your brain doesn't get that hit which ultimately results in more cravings which can lead to excess calorie intake.

Yes, only by consuming large amounts of aspartame can it have effects on different aspects of your life, however, if your diet is high in 'diet' versions of products, then naturally you will consume higher amounts of aspartame.

No aspartame, only Xylitol!

Even though aspartame isn't detrimental unless taken in large quantities for a prolonged period, it is still a sweetener that is best to be avoided as it doesn't pose many health benefits. Here at Nopla Gum, it was important for us to use a sweetener that was natural and offered additional health benefits. One of Nopla’s key objectives is to offer a product that is sustainable and not detrimental to the environment, but also beneficial for our customers. Nopla is sweetened wtih Xylitol, which is a natural, plant-based sweetener with a range of health benefits including antibacterial properties, plaque reduction and even helping with inflammatory gum disease. That’s why Xylitol is dentist approved and gets a big tick here at Nopla!