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Another gum discussion.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Fifteen year old paleo girl here. I recently got back into chewing aspartame gum like trident's cinnamon, and earlier this evening I looked up aspartame, saw a bunch of bad stuff about it being a neurotoxin and being banned in some parts of the world and whatnot, and decided to go back to only chewing Pur gum, which only has a few ingredients, no aspartame, and is sweetened with xylitol. I like to chew gum for a few reasons. For one, in high school, it's kind of a nice thing to have breath that smells good, so I chew a stick after every meal, and I usually have three or four pieces every day. I've also read that xylitol is good for your teeth. Are there any problems with chewing xylitol gum? Anything I should be worried about? I've read that chewing gum can also make you constantly hungry because it makes your mouth salivate and tells your stomach to expect food. This isn't really a good thing, but I'm wondering if this makes it so that your metabolism is sped up and constantly going, which might be good for weight loss, maybe? I don't know, thoughts people?

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on March 12, 2013
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I've made a conscious effort to slow down on the gum chewing. I think I've been less hungry since stopping. I don't think a piece after meals is bad, but constant chewing is kinda gross.

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Xylitol gum was pretty helpful when my daughter had weak baby teeth. Just please please keep it away from your dog, if you have one. We had it in the house before it was known to be harmful for dogs, and had a $5k vet bill when ours got into it.

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