I’ve been aspartame free for almost a month! I think everyone knows by now that aspartame is not good for you. Yet it’s in everything: pop, toothpaste, gum… I don’t drink pop. I’ve never been a pop drinker. I really hate the fizzy drink taste. I’m a water/wine girl. Switching to a different pop was unnecessary.
The whole aspartame free thing first started when I was Christmas shopping. I was in a department store carefully searching for amazing gifts for my three brothers and their significant others. I came across toothpaste by the brand Tom’s of Maine. I was intrigued. All natural toothpaste that fights cavities, whitens teeth, and has a peppermint flavour. I was not aware natural toothpaste could boost of so many benefits. I had always stayed away from “natural” products for the body because years ago I had a hippie type friend who was into all of that. I just couldn’t help but be turned off by the “natural” deodorant…. She exhibited a lifestyle I had no desire to join.
When I saw the toothpaste I didn’t immediately jump to buy it. All those memories flooded my mind. I walked away from the product and bought some gifts. A small fire pit that fits on a deck, a cozy blanket, and other items suited for “a romantic night in” theme for my oldest brother and his girlfriend. The toothpaste tugged at my mind. I went back to the toothpaste shelf. The store was selling it at a discount, half price. This wasn’t exactly comforting. Maybe they are selling it at half price because no one likes it? Your breath will stink? My dentist will hand me a huge bill because I ruined my perfect teeth? I walked away again.
I was on my way to the cash register when I thought “I might as well try it. If not it’s just $3 I’m wasting”. I bought the Tom’s of Maine Natural Whole Care Anticavity & Tartar Control plus Whitening toothpaste, peppermint flavour. I used it and I actually liked it. Since then I have switched to Tom’s of Maine Simply White Fluoride-Free Natural toothpaste, peppermint flavour.
Now I just had to switch my gum to an aspartame free brand. This was hard!!! I expected to be able to find aspartame free gum in regular stores like Wal-Mart, my local grocery store, maybe even a convenience store. NOPE! It doesn’t exist around here. I had to go to a health food store and pay a hefty premium for a pack of 9 pieces of gum by Pur Spearmint Gum! After a few weeks of being 100% aspartame free I noticed I felt calmer, and my headaches, which have been a constant pain for over a decade with many visits to specialists, reduced significantly. They originally reduced drastically when I started eating low carb. But I was still plagued with headaches just not to the same degree.
I was out of gumL recently. I am addicted to chewing gum. It is my guilty pleasure. My co-worker gave me a piece of gum. My headache reappeared. Coincident, I think not.
Have you tried going aspartame free? What are your thoughts on it?