Why in the world is it nearly impossible to find a chewing gum in 2013 that does not contain the Donald Rumsfeld-linked checmical additive "Aspartame"?
In recent years, Aspartame has become a common ingredient in many foods, drinks, candies, and gums. Many processed foods at the grocery store contain aspartame as an artificial sweetener even though the item is not a 'diet' item and is not advertised as being sugar free. Buying gum at the store does not seem at first glance to be a weighty decision, but the health effects of what we put in our bodies on a regular basis does indeed have an impact.
With the advent of the internet, information became widely available, and controversy surrounds ingredients such as Aspartame. Both advocates of the product and those warning of its' harmful effects have websites and videos presenting their views.
Aspartame.org states "The safety of aspartame has been affirmed by the U.S. FDA 26 times in the past 23 years" and includes a detailed Aspartame myths page. Snopes says the product is safe and cites people such as Dr. Dean Edell, the FDA, and TIME magazine to back up its' claims. The American Cancer Society states "Current evidence does not show any link between aspartame use and increased cancer risk. People with the genetic disorder known as phenylketonuria should avoid foods and drinks that contain aspartame." The AMC also has a more detailed Aspartame page which states, in part, "Rumors claiming that aspartame causes a number of health problems, including cancer, have been around for many years. Many of these continue to circulate on the Internet... One early study suggested that an increased rate of brain tumors in the US during the 1980s might have been related to aspartame use. However, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the increase in brain tumor rates actually began back in the early 1970s, well before aspartame was in use..."
Oftentimes, it is difficult to find a product without this substance. In addition, Aspartame is known by different brand names such as NutraSweet and AminoSweet, so unless one is careful, they may consume Aspartame without realizing it. Regardless of one's views on the topic, consumers should be free to choose what they want in their own bodies.
There are some major brands and many natural gums to choose from that do not contain Aspartame. Chiclets, A candy coated gum that has been around for over 100 years, is still available today and is one of the few gums on the market that doesn't contain Aspartame. Chiclets is distributed by Cadbury Adams USA, of Parsippany, NJ and is available in peppermint and other flavors. The webpage cadbury.com states "On February 2, 2010, Cadbury became part of Kraft Foods. Please visit our corporate internet site, www.kraftfoodscompany.com to learn more." Wikipedia has pages on Cadbury and Chiclets. Here is a history of Chiclets gum. The ingredients on the Chiclets package are listed as: "sugar , gum base, glucose syrup, modified food starch, natural flavoring, soy lecithin, candella wax and BHT (to maintain freshness)." The chiclets box states that consumers can call 1-800-524 2854 if they have questions.
There are also many natural gums to choose from. An internet search of "gum without aspartame" reveals numerous additional options and forums on the topic. GumWithoutAspartame.com, for example, offers reviews of natural chewing gums "with fewer unpronounceables and less space-age science."
Although Chiclets used to be widely available, it seems difficult to find these days and is not carried in most grocery stores that I frequent. It does however, always seem to be available at 99 Cent Only Stores across California.
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