{"id":605034938674,"title":"Is Zyns Bad For You? An Ingredient Analysis","created_at":"2023-03-08T23:19:15-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is Zyns Bad For You? An Ingredient Analysis\",\n \"keywords\": \"is zyns bad for you, zyns, zyns nicotine pouches, what is zyn, is zyn bad for your heart, zyn pouches, zyn pouches side effects\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Zyn based on medical studies to give our take on whether it's bad for you or not. 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We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to nicotine use.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eZ\u003c\/span\u003eyns is a nicotine pouch product that markets itself as a tobacco alternative. Many consumers use it thinking it’s healthier than using dipping tobacco.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut what are the actual ingredients in Zyns other than nicotine and are they bad for you? Is nicotine alone healthier than nicotine in tobacco? And how do real users describe the effects of Zyns?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review medical research on nicotine to give our take on whether it’s unhealthy and whether using it alone (like in Zyns) is a healthier option to dipping tobacco.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also break down the ingredients in Zyns and highlight a few questionable additive ingredients. We’ll share a real user review of Zyns and feature an addiction researcher discussing potential negative health effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Nicotine Bad For You?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredient in Zyns is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enicotine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. It’s a chemical compound found in tobacco that has a stimulatory effect on the body.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNicotine actually has some positive health effects according to clinical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/1859921\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on the health effects of nicotine published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBritish Journal of Addiction\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e reports that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eits use may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease and sleep apnea.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe above review mentions that these benefits are seen when nicotine is isolated (as in Zyns) and not when it is used in tobacco products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2021 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8025477\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e reports on some of the cognitive benefits of nicotine use. In healthy individuals, nicotine appears to improve memory and reduce cognitive declines from sleep deprivation. In individuals with cognitive impairments, nicotine is reported to improve cognitive function.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNicotine also has negative health effects that are shown in clinical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2015 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4363846\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enicotine use can directly contribute to cardiovascular disease, can increase plaque in arteries and can increase the risk of high blood pressure.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe same review reports that nicotine use can increase the risk of heartburn and peptic ulcer disease.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDue to the conflicting evidence, we don’t think it’s fair to conclusively say that nicotine is bad for you. It seems logical to avoid it for most people, but in certain instances (like someone with mild cognitive impairment who doesn’t have addictive tendencies) it may improve their quality of life.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut Zyns contains ingredients other than nicotine. Are those ingredients bad for you? We’ll review in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAn interesting YouTube video from an addiction researcher features a clip from neuroscientist Andrew Huberman who claims that nicotine may be good for you:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/bFks32HzpUA\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eZyns Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Zyn_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1678335507\" alt=\"Zyn ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Zyn pouches are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are two ingredients that may be worth avoiding for health-conscious consumers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAcesulfame K\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial sweetener shown \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5464538\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein clinical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have negative effects on the gut microbiome and to cause weight gain.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFlavorings\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a broad and poorly-defined term that fails to describe the specific chemical compounds used as flavoring agents. As we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/super-coffee-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSuper Coffee\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, there have been medical studies showing some flavoring compounds to be potentially toxic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile Zyn may have a cleaner formulation than other tobacco alternative products, we consider these additives to make the pouches less healthy and using a non-flavored and non-sweetened nicotine product seems like a better choice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Zyn User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named Seth Besse claims that Zyn helps him focus:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@sethjbesse\/video\/7025731349726252294\" data-video-id=\"7025731349726252294\" style=\"max-width: 375px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@sethjbesse\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@sethjbesse?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@sethjbesse\u003c\/a\u003e Seriously need to try this the next time you work 😍⚡️😮‍💨 \u003ca title=\"work\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/work?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#work\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"zyn\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/zyn?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#zyn\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"fitness\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/fitness?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#fitness\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ Time (Instrumental) - MKJ\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Time-Instrumental-6621360381879126786?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ Time (Instrumental) - MKJ\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named “docfrankhere” who’s an addiction researcher and claims to have tried Zyn in other videos suggests a healthier, nicotine-free alternative:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@docfrankhere\/video\/7125607033193172267\" data-video-id=\"7125607033193172267\" style=\"max-width: 375px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@docfrankhere\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@docfrankhere?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@docfrankhere\u003c\/a\u003e Replying to @user274097840059 ask me anything about \u003ca title=\"quitvaping\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/quitvaping?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#quitvaping\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"quitsmoking\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/quitsmoking?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#quitsmoking\u003c\/a\u003e with the \u003ca title=\"addictionmindset\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/addictionmindset?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#addictionmindset\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ Hillbilly Banjo - Parry Music\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Hillbilly-Banjo-6716030861445171202?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ Hillbilly Banjo - Parry Music\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Zyn to be bad for you, because nicotine is potentially harmful to various organ systems and Zyn also has two questionable additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eZyn appears to be a healthier choice than tobacco products, but we would recommend that individuals considering nicotine use speak with their doctor about products without added flavoring agents or artificial sweeteners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNicotine actually has some potential health benefits, especially in regard to cognition, but in our opinion the downsides greatly outweigh any potential upside.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eZyn has relatively favorable reviews online from users, many of whom claims the brand helped them get off tobacco.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-03-08T23:28:46-05:00","updated_at":"2023-03-08T23:28:46-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Zyn based on medical studies to give our take on whether it's bad for you or not. We explain if tobacco-free nicotine (like Zyns) is healthier than nicotine with tobacco, and highlight some questionable additive ingredients in Zyn.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-zyns-bad-for-you","tags":"_related:nootropics"}

Is Zyns Bad For You? An Ingredient Analysis

Is Zyns Bad For You? An Ingredient Analysis


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to nicotine use.

Zyns is a nicotine pouch product that markets itself as a tobacco alternative. Many consumers use it thinking it’s healthier than using dipping tobacco.

But what are the actual ingredients in Zyns other than nicotine and are they bad for you? Is nicotine alone healthier than nicotine in tobacco? And how do real users describe the effects of Zyns?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review medical research on nicotine to give our take on whether it’s unhealthy and whether using it alone (like in Zyns) is a healthier option to dipping tobacco.

We’ll also break down the ingredients in Zyns and highlight a few questionable additive ingredients. We’ll share a real user review of Zyns and feature an addiction researcher discussing potential negative health effects.

Is Nicotine Bad For You?

The active ingredient in Zyns is nicotine. It’s a chemical compound found in tobacco that has a stimulatory effect on the body.

Nicotine actually has some positive health effects according to clinical research.

A medical review on the health effects of nicotine published in the British Journal of Addiction reports that its use may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease and sleep apnea.

The above review mentions that these benefits are seen when nicotine is isolated (as in Zyns) and not when it is used in tobacco products.

A 2021 medical review reports on some of the cognitive benefits of nicotine use. In healthy individuals, nicotine appears to improve memory and reduce cognitive declines from sleep deprivation. In individuals with cognitive impairments, nicotine is reported to improve cognitive function.

Nicotine also has negative health effects that are shown in clinical research.

A 2015 medical review found that nicotine use can directly contribute to cardiovascular disease, can increase plaque in arteries and can increase the risk of high blood pressure.

The same review reports that nicotine use can increase the risk of heartburn and peptic ulcer disease.

Due to the conflicting evidence, we don’t think it’s fair to conclusively say that nicotine is bad for you. It seems logical to avoid it for most people, but in certain instances (like someone with mild cognitive impairment who doesn’t have addictive tendencies) it may improve their quality of life.

But Zyns contains ingredients other than nicotine. Are those ingredients bad for you? We’ll review in the next section.

An interesting YouTube video from an addiction researcher features a clip from neuroscientist Andrew Huberman who claims that nicotine may be good for you:

Zyns Ingredient Analysis

Zyn ingredients

The ingredients in Zyn pouches are shown above.

There are two ingredients that may be worth avoiding for health-conscious consumers.

Acesulfame K is an artificial sweetener shown in clinical research to have negative effects on the gut microbiome and to cause weight gain.

Flavorings is a broad and poorly-defined term that fails to describe the specific chemical compounds used as flavoring agents. As we documented in our review of Super Coffee, there have been medical studies showing some flavoring compounds to be potentially toxic.

While Zyn may have a cleaner formulation than other tobacco alternative products, we consider these additives to make the pouches less healthy and using a non-flavored and non-sweetened nicotine product seems like a better choice.

Real, Unsponsored Zyn User Reviews

A TikTok user named Seth Besse claims that Zyn helps him focus:

@sethjbesse Seriously need to try this the next time you work 😍⚡️😮‍💨 #work #zyn #fitness ♬ Time (Instrumental) - MKJ

A TikTok user named “docfrankhere” who’s an addiction researcher and claims to have tried Zyn in other videos suggests a healthier, nicotine-free alternative:

@docfrankhere Replying to @user274097840059 ask me anything about #quitvaping #quitsmoking with the #addictionmindset ♬ Hillbilly Banjo - Parry Music
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Conclusion

We consider Zyn to be bad for you, because nicotine is potentially harmful to various organ systems and Zyn also has two questionable additive ingredients.

Zyn appears to be a healthier choice than tobacco products, but we would recommend that individuals considering nicotine use speak with their doctor about products without added flavoring agents or artificial sweeteners.

Nicotine actually has some potential health benefits, especially in regard to cognition, but in our opinion the downsides greatly outweigh any potential upside.

Zyn has relatively favorable reviews online from users, many of whom claims the brand helped them get off tobacco.