As one of my focuses is on highlighting chemicals we consume or use daily on our bodies, it dawned on me the other day... I chew gum daily, and to be honest, it’s one of those products I never really looked into before.
I would purchase on taste and longevity of the softness rather than what it is I am actually chewing on. 🤷🏼♀️🙈
Many people I have spoken to since looking into the ingredients, say the same. As we chew it and spit it out, it doesn’t seem to be such a big deal, right?
Actually we couldn’t be further from the truth... obviously as we chew, what ever ingredients the chewing, or bubble gum is made of, is absorbed through the walls of your mouth, and bypasses the digestive system, where normally it could go through the digestive enzymes to help rid of any toxins..
So... what kind of ingredients should you be aware of when you buy your next packet of chewing or bubble gum?
Calcium Casein Peptone (Calcium Phosphate): Trident gum is a primary user of this ingredient. It is a Trident gum is the primary user of this ingredient. It’s a highly processed milk derivative used for texturizer/whitening agent. Casein was previously linked to baby formula poisonings in China. CalciumCasein is also a whitening agent, so when bumping whitening products, keep a look out for this ingredient a,Ong St others.
Titanium Dioxide,(Another Whitening Agent): Any type of gum that promotes its ability to whiten your teeth is full of whitening agents that will help prevent future teeth stains. One ingredient in particular, titanium dioxide, has been linked to asthma, autoimmune disorder, and Crohn’s disease, and is potentially carcinogenic. Titanium oxide will seep right into your bloodstream. Gum has also the highest content of Titanium Oxide among our everyday products, which make it easy for children to ingest large doses of it.
Gum Base : This May sounds harmless, as how can we have a gum, without a gum base...🤔 This ingredient is pretty much a mystery to many. The actual ingredients are not 100% clear. Investigations showed that it’s typically a mixture of plasticizers, elastomers, fillers and resins. And that’s all that is usually revealed to the gum-chewing customers. However, it’s entirely possible that the gum base can contain talk (linked to cancer), polyvinyl acetate (which is carpenter’s glue) and paraffin wax (petroleum derived). Among the long list of potential ingredients, it’s basic purpose is to create a non-digestive method for carrying flavor. However, often this includes paraffin wax, a byproduct of refined petroleum, and polyvinyl acetate, which is just a fancy word for carpenter's glue. On top of that, there’s usually glycerol ester of rosin. This ingredient is also used in sodas, yet there are limitations as to how much can be used, yet for chewing or bubble gum, there are no restrictions.
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) Used for flavouring and preservation : BHT is so toxic that it’s been banned in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and throughout Europe, but guess where it’s still available and running rampant in gum products? The USA! BHT is linked to liver and kidney damage, hyperactivity in children and organic system toxicity. It may also contain carcinogenic properties. It is also used in processed foods, including cereals for example. Next time you go to the supermarket in America, check to see if your child’s favorite cereal contains this or not. Parents of children with ADHD are encouraged to track whether symptoms worsen or improve when BHT is removed from their diets.
Aspartame:Another dangerous ingredient in gum is Aspartame. It’s an artificial sweetener that is found in sugar-free gums. Your body metabolizes aspartame both into formaldehyde (a carcinogen, often used as embalming fluid, not eliminated by your kidneys and liver) and wood alcohol (a known poison). Aspartame has been recently linked to cancers, birth defects, weight gain and brain tumors. This sweetener acts as an excitotoxin, meaning it overexcites neurons in the brain until they burn out, lowering intelligence. While any links to asthma, insomnia, and multiple sclerosis don’t have much scientific backing, aspartame should still be avoided for its proven link to fibromyalgia. In a Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology study, two patients had their symptoms disappear when they removed aspartame from their diet. If that doesn’t have you convinced, the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found a connection between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. Both aspartame and acesulfame potassium, another fake sugar found in gum, led to obesity by creating a higher motivation to eat more. A study in Preventive Medicine also labeled the second sweetener as a carcinogen, linking it to tumors. These are also known as stomach bloating ingredients. They are very dangerous, especially for people with pre-existing conditions! Anyone who may be suffering from PKU, as an example... cannot break down the phenylalanine found in aspartame and, if untreated, ingesting this amino acid causes mental retardation and brain seizures, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be aggravated as well by chemically extracted sugar alcohols like sorbitol. According to a study in the journal Gastroenterology and Hepatology, these can lead to abdominal pains and diarrhea, possibly due to an intolerance to the poorly absorbed carbohydrates. Research is still ongoing, but why take a chance?
Acesulfame K (Acesulfame Potassium):It’s a potassium salt that contains methylene chloride which is a known carcinogen. Side effects can cause impairment of the kidneys and liver, mood problems, headaches, nausea, and eyesight problems.
We can choose to turn a blind eye, or we can be cautious about what it is we consume, in order do our best to prevent unwanted illness or diseases.
Just because the brand maybe a family name doesn’t mean to say it is a safe brand.
Have you discovered some hidden ingredients in a product you use or consume? Share with us to make others aware. 👇🏽
P.S: For those of you who are keen chewing or bubble gum consumers, there are safe and even healthy alternatives. If you would like more details, feel free to reach out to me direct and I will share with you my latest discovery.