Recently, about thirty women, the ages of which were mostly under forty, were asked if they had chewing gum with them. Twenty-seven of the thirty were able to pull out a packet of gum, some even went as far as to say why they liked a certain brand / flavor of gum.
While this demographic is not representative of all women, 90% of them chewed gum on a daily basis, some more consumed more than one bar per day. As with many things we expose to our bodies every day, let's take a moment to discuss the ingredients in chewing gum and ask some important questions regarding whether it contributes to good health.
How many of us have looked at the ingredients in a pack of gum?
If so, do you know what each of the substances is?
Is a stick of gum more than a "cancer stick" than a cigarette?
As you'll see below, commercial chewing gums are some of the most toxic substances your body can be exposed to as well, and it can literally lead to some of the worst diseases on the planet.
Here is a list of the most common ingredients in the most popular chewing gum products on the market:
Sorbitol, Xylitol, Maltitol Mannitol,
Natural and Artificial Flavors
Hydrogenated coconut oil and starch
Colors (titanium oxide, lake blue 2, red 40)
Malic acid, citric acid
Ingredient # 1: gum base.
Imagine if someone comes up to you and says, "Hey, would you like to chew on some rubber from the tires and the plastic?" You would probably politely decline and would like to recommend this person to see a doctor for a psychological evaluation. "Gum base" is a mixture of elastomers, plasticizers, fillers, and resin. Some of the other ingredients that go into this mix are polyvinyl acetate, which is often referred to as "carpenter's glue" or "white glue." Paraffin wax is another ingredient that is a by-product of petroleum refining. Is chewing plastic, oil and rubber safe? When chewing, these substances leak into the mouth and body. Yummy.
Ingredient # 2: Aspartame.
The controversy surrounding this substance has spread. It is one of the most toxic substances that the body can consume. The political corruption and the money trail behind this agent of disease is a mile long. Aspartame has been linked to all major brain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and ALS. It is also considered a contributing factor in many other diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, obesity, and many others. It is in many diet products on the market today, but in the long run it actually contributes to obesity due to its extreme acidity. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, which over-excites neurons in the brain until they burn out and die. Dr. Russell Blaylock is the leading expert on Aspartame and other excitotoxins and I encourage you to watch the documentary "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World."
Ingredient # 3: Hydrogenated coconut oil and starch.
Hydrogenation is the chemical process that adds hydrogen through a double bond carbon. This is done to increase the shelf life of a product, turning the oil into a plastic of the same substance. This process also creates trans fats, which are now known to be very unhealthy.
Ingredient # 4: Colors (Titanium Dioxide, Lake Blue 2, Red 40).
Titanium dioxide is a nanoparticle that is very common in sunscreen products and many others, including synthetic nutritional supplements. New evidence is leading in the direction that this substance is carcinogenic, leading to cancer. We as human beings are drawn to things that are colorful. Artificial food dyes, such as red 40, are made from petroleum and are dangerous to our health. Many people have extreme allergies to these substances and they have been implicated in contributing to ADD and other disorders and diseases.
Ingredient # 5: Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol, Maltitol.
These sugar alcohols were originally made from sugar, but are so altered that they are considered sugar-free. As a general rule, when nature is altered and changed to make a "better" product, more often than not, the result is something that is not healthy. Some even go so far as to say that these products are much worse than sugar and can stimulate weight gain. Other side effects may include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Is the sugar in alcohol better than sugar? Neither are good substances, so the comparison of the two is somewhat pointless.
Chewing gum and digestion
Every time you chew gum, your brain is tricked into thinking that you are eating food. Therefore, it sends signals to the stomach, pancreas and other organs involved in digestion to prepare for this "food." Your salivary glands and pancreas begin to release enzymes, which are necessary to digest food and absorb nutrients from food. The constant release of enzymes over time depletes the enzymes and this process can be delayed over time. If you are not going to break down and absorb food properly over time, disease will appear because the body needs nutrients to rebuild and thrive.
A great alternative for fresh breath
A great alternative to chewing gum is to bring a small bottle of food grade organic peppermint oil and when you want fresh breath, just put a drop in your mouth and you will have achieved the same effect. You can find many food grade oils that are wonderful for helping you have fresh breath.
Nothing in chewing gum is natural. It is a chemical glob that contributes nothing to health or is good for teeth. Don't be fooled by fancy advertising. The five ingredients we've reviewed above, in one way or another, contribute to poor health and sickness. Is this really a risk you want to expose yourself to for the sake of fresh breath? In the future, perhaps we will see that chewing gum can be as much a contributor to disease as cigarettes.