Is Chewing Gum the Most Toxic Substance in the Supermarket?

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After a friend on Facebook had shared an article about gum, I was a bit surprised, but not entirely shocked, at just how harmful and non-harmonious with our bodies that gum can be. I gave up chewing gum a couple years ago myself and recommend it for anyone else, or at least looking into alternatives! Check out this information for facts about gum that you should definitely know, especially if you are a regular chewer…

Recently, about thirty women, were asked whose ages were mostly under the age of forty, if they carried chewing gum with them. Twenty seven of the thirty were able to pull out a pack of gum, some even going as far as telling me why they loved a particular brand/flavor of gum.

While this demographic is not representative of all women, 90% of them chewed gum on a daily basis, some consuming more than one stick per day. As with many things that we expose our bodies to on a daily basis, let’s take a moment and analyze the ingredients of chewing gum and ask some important questions that pertain to whether it contributes to good health.

How many of us have looked at the ingredients on a pack of gum?

If you have, do you know what each one of the substances is?

Is a stick of chewing gum more of a “cancer stick” than a cigarette?

As you will see below, commercial gum products are some of the most toxic substances that you can expose your body too and literally can 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, Mannitol, Maltitol
Gum Base
Natural and Artificial Flavors
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch
Aspartame –Acesulfame
Soy Lecithin
Colors (titanium oxide, blue 2 lake, red 40)
Malic Acid, Citric Acid

Ingredient #1: Gum Base.

Imagine if someone came up to you and said, “Hey, would you like to chew on some tire rubber and plastic?” You probably would politely decline and want to report this person to a doctor for a psychological evaluation. “Gum base” is a blend of elastomers, plasticizers, fillers, and resin. Some of the other ingredients that go into this mix are polyvinyl acetate, which is frequently referred to as “carpenter glue” or “white glue”. Paraffin wax is another ingredient that is a byproduct of refined petroleum. Is chewing plastic, petroleum and rubber safe? As you chew, these substances leach into the mouth and body. Yummy.

Ingredient #2: Aspartame.

The controversy surrounding this substance is widespread. It is one of the most body toxic substances we can consume. The political corruption and money trail behind this agent of disease is a mile long. Aspartame has been linked to all of the major brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and ALS. It is also considered a prime contributor to 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 actually contributes to obesity due to his 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 would highly encourage you to see the documentary entitled “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World”.

#3: Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch.

Hydrogenation is chemical process that adds hydrogen across a double bonded carbon. This is done to increase the shelf life of a product, turning oil into a more plastic like substance. This process also creates Trans fats, which are now known to be very harmful to health.

Ingredient #4: Colors (titanium dioxide, blue 2 lake, red 40).

Titanium dioxide is a nanoparticle that is very common in sunscreen and many other health products, including synthetic nutritional supplements. New evidence is leading in the direction of this substance being carcinogenic, leading to cancer. We as humans are drawn to things that are colorful. Artificial food colorings, 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 are originally made from sugar, but are altered so much 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 far worse than sugar and can stimulate weight gain. Other side effects can include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Is sugar alcohol better than sugar? Neither are good substances, so comparing 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 your stomach, pancreas and other organs involved in digestion to prepare for this “food”. Your salivary glands and pancreas will begin to emit enzymes, which are necessary to digest food and absorb nutrients from food. Constant emission of enzymes over time will deplete enzymes and over time this process can slow down. If you are not breaking down and absorbing food properly over time, you will get disease because the body needs nutrients to rebuild and thrive.

A Great Alternative for Fresh Breath

A great alternative to chewing gum is to carry around a small bottle of organic food grade peppermint oil and when you would like fresh breath, just put one 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 chemical goop that in no way contributes to health or is good for your teeth. Don’t be fooled by fancy advertising. The five ingredients that we reviewed above, in one form or another, contribute to disease and poor health. Is this really a risk that you want to expose yourself to all for the sake of fresh breath? In the future, perhaps we will see that chewing gum may be as much of a contributor to disease as are cigarettes.

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  1. Do you just make this stuff up? The digestive system doesn’t work that way. Smell, taste, sight, sound (and probably chewing) are minor triggers for gastric enzyme secretion, but the vast majority of the trigger is stomach distention and the actual chemical presence of food in the digestive tract. Here’s a good primer:…/242914/Gastric-secretion If chewing gum “tricks your brain” and thereby somehow causes disease, then so does smelling, seeing, or even thinking about food without actually eating.

  2. So can anyone instead of complaining or whatever, recommend a replacement for aspartame-filled gums? Many of us work long hours or need gum occasionally maybe once a day or twice, sometimes more often on the weekend (outings, hanging out etc) especially after a meal if i’m not home. So in my case, I am going to start researching aspartame-free gum. These Tridents/White marketing gimmick that is healthy to chew 2 pieces of gum after eating food. The only reason I do take it is for a fresh breath rather than having a food tasting breath.


  3. Simply an eye opener.

  4. Pam

    Chew Coaco leaves at least they contain cocaine..

  5. Kevin Toody

    To many internet specialists here. Nothing is safe, you think chewing gum is bad, how about the chemicals your car spews out when driving? I’d rather at least enjoy myself eating, drinking, chewing my life away, rather than worrying about what is in my gum. If I die, I die, no big deal to me.

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  8. this article needs a few lessons in basic chemistry…vast misrepresentation in #2, #3, and #5. i would like to know the sources.

    • Bluey

      Just to clarify… its called google. There are many articles filled with research to support the article. Although in general a good article can become a great article when the author references it is also the responsibility of a reader to concur and cross reference themselves.

    • I chew gum everyday of my life since as far back as I can remember. I am 49 and am healthier now than any time in my adult life. I think this article is some kind of scare tactic.

  9. Alex Heidebrecht

    to people talking about how this article is stupid. many people in my family are extremely sensitive to things in gum (specifically aspartame) i have consumed chocolate containing it by accident and was violently ill, honestly the most pain i have ever experienced in my life. Every time i chew gum with it i have stomach problems and mild cramps. things you put in your body should not do that to you. you dont even swallow it but it can still make you sick? it is a horrible poison to your body and is in no way good for you. almost all gums contain it now and it is a very big health concern.

    • Adam

      Chewing gum is actually healthy for some people, it promotes saliva production which reduces the acidity in your stomach, so if someone has chronic stomach pains/indigestion, chewing gum frequently would actually assist them in relieving pains and healthier bowel movement. I’m not too worried about small amounts of aspartame and other ingredients made in the lab, as they are small. As long as I don’t consume them frequently like Miss daily skinny vanilla latte at Starbucks, I’m fine. I think exposing your body to some toxins (in small amounts) is actually benefitial for your antibodies. It’s when you get too much of something that it’s bad for you, and that goes for everything, even fruit.

  10. owik303

    The level of ignorance and lack of sources makes this summary laughable, but I guess anyone foolish enough to buy into the fluoride is bad for you idea would also buy into this load of crap as well. Its your choice to consume what you want, but I guarantee that the air you breathe or being is the suns harmful rays is more deadly than anything in gum.

    • It’s not about buying into the idea that fluoride is bad for you, it’s about looking at the data and results. The studies have been done and it’s clear that there are dangers surrounding fluoride, just as there are with aspartame. In both cases, these products are not necessary to humanity and provide no nutritional benefit. We have other products that are safe and available to us that we can be using instead to achieve the same results, so why use these if there are proven dangers associated with them?

    • This is a comment from the fluoridated brain :)

    • Ash

      Don’t talk about lack of sources if you’re going to act as if there’s no sources saying Fluoride is unhealthy to consume. Do you seriously think Fluoride isn’t bad for you to consume? Do you swallow your tooth-paste? Just btw the Nazi’s were the first one’s to put Fluoride in water, but I guess they just had the people’s best interests at heart…

  11. Avinash

    I have had day before yesterday 4 pellets of happydent containing aspartame and yesterday one. will it cause any problem to my health in future. I am scared. please reply

    • owik303

      Don’t worry about it, unless your consuming a significant amount regularly over a long period of time like years to decades then its no more harmful than going out in the sun.

      • Dr Dong Chin Ca

        YOU should go ahead and chew what YOU like- THE rest of us will avoid these POISONS- You also have no understanding of the BENEFITS of SUNLIGHT. YOU dont NEED to comment on anything anywhere-

    • Alex Heidebrecht

      you may not be as sensitive to aspartame than others, but i know i have aten things with it and felt like i was going to die, with reoccuring cramps coming in waves and becoming so severe. gum causes me to have cramps and stomache problems so i would take that as a sign its probably not good for humans. try to avoid aspartame at all costs, check your pops/sodas too for it.

      • My own Doctor told me to stop chewing gum. He said it was likely contributing to my IBS. I never asked him why. I just stopped chewing it. Glad I listened. Now, I see why!

    • liveagoodone!

      I would love to talk to you about Isagenix to remove the toxins. :)

  12. HB

    I haven’t had chewing gum in years, because of Aspartame. It’s even proven by scientist when they first created it that it was extremely toxic to the human body and was disapproved TWICE, but in the end the evil government bastards amazingly approve it suddenly. Even though they know it causes brain tumours and cancers in the body. Now everyone is happily chewing gum and eating/drinking other things which have aspartame in it. Most children chew chewing gum. It’s better to have a bit of sugar than aspartame, that’s all I’m saying.

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  14. K, but I don’t chew gum to get rid of bad breath, I chew it because if I don’t have something to do with my mouth while I’m working, I chew on my lips and the insides of my cheeks. It’s just a habit since childhood. What’s a good alternative if you just like to chew?

    • HB

      one of those flavoured woodsticks?I dont know the official name for them…

  15. Bio alternative chewing gum: “Chios Masticha”, masticha meaning chewing gum in Greek. Chios is the island where a unique in the world tree grows that produces a tear-likke rezin used for centuries for chewing, gastronomy and herbal medicine. Among others of it’s benefits is for the wellness of our digestive system…

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