Which sugar substitute is used to sweeten Zilch?
Zilch is sweetened using a tiny amount of aspartame. A can of diet cola contains 5 times more aspartame than one Zilch margarita. The reason we use aspartame is simple: Our recipe tastes better with aspartame, and leaves no aftertaste. When our family developed Zilch, we wanted to create a sugar free margarita that actually tasted like a real margarita. We think our customers want the same thing.
We’ve tried our recipe using other sweeteners - including Splenda®. Actually, we consume Splenda® ourselves in various products. But, we haven’t been able to develop a margarita recipe using Splenda® or any other sweeteners that tastes like a margarita, without an aftertaste.
If you want to see for yourself how different sweeteners affect a beverage, just try an original Diet Coke, sweetened with aspartame, and then compare it to the new Diet Coke with Splenda®. If you’re like us, you’ll probably find that the Diet Coke with Splenda®has a long-lingering aftertaste. And, it just doesn't taste as good!
Is aspartame really safe?
Yes, says the overwhelming body of scientific evidence. The safety of aspartame has been confirmed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 26 times over the last 23 years. Aspartame is currently consumed by more than 200 million people around the world, is found in over 6000 products, and has been the subject of over 200 extensive, scientific tests.
The FDA has said “Few compounds have withstood such detailed testing and repeated, close scrutiny, and the process through which aspartame has gone should provide the public with additional confidence of its safety.”
Despite the overwhelming documentation of aspartame’s safety, unfounded allegations that aspartame is associated with a myriad of ailments have continued to be spread via the Internet and in the media by a few individuals who have no documented scientific or medical expertise. Recently several governments and expert scientific committees in Europe and Canada carefully evaluated the Internet allegations and found them to be false, reconfirming the safety of aspartame. In addition, leading health authorities, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The National Parkinson Foundation, inc., the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Lupus Foundation of America, have reviewed the claims on the Internet and also concluded that they are false.
There is one small group that should avoid aspartame: Individuals with the rare genetic disease phenylketonuria (PKU), cannot properly metabolize the phenylalanine found in aspartame. PKU is detected at birth through mandatory screening programs, so if you don’t know that you have PKU, you don’t have PKU. These individuals must monitor their intake of phenylalanine from all foods, not just those containing aspartame. That’s why the following statement is found on aspartame-containing products: “Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine.”