Sweetness is universally enjoyed and can bring enjoyment to our taste experience, but at what cost? With the recent findings that aspartame is linked to anxiety and depression and anxiety diagnoses on the rise, it is high time to take a closer look at our ingredients.
This report on aspartame is more concerning than a simple one-time anxiety increase. Researchers at Florida State University note that there are changes in gene expression in the amygdala, “and the changes in amygdala gene expression are not limited to the aspartame-exposed individuals but also appear in up to two generations.” While prescription medication can correct this symptom, we can mitigate the problem at the source.
Where is aspartame currently being used? We see aspartame in sugar-free and zero-calorie food and beverages, from ice cream to protein bars to soda. Even yogurt and low-calorie salad dressing may use aspartame to keep sugar levels low. A study from 2017 notes that of low-calorie sweetener users, 80% of children and 56% of adults reported using daily. The prevalent and habitual use of sugar substitutes behooves companies and manufacturers to offer safer alternatives.
That’s why we developed TruSugr™ sugar substitute using a high-quality stevia with our bitter blocker technology that is usable at uniform rates as sugar. This product is a customer favorite, with sugar-free products seeing new potential with TruSugr™ as their sweetening source. And now, these companies can be assured they are providing healthy options – for generations to come.
We make healthy taste good™, and we’re proud to do so.
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