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Spry gum pipe dream?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2013 at 2:28 AM

So I have this vice--spry chewing gum. When I first made the switch to primal/paleo eating habits I used regular sugar free gum (aspartame overload!) to help deal with the sugar cravings I was having after removing all of the heavy carbs, sweets and processed foods out of my diet.

After having some pretty bad reactions to the gum I started to research it. After reading some of the horrifying effects aspartame has on your health, I quickly decided that I should kick the habit of chewing on little chemically filled aspartame sticks. After some further research I found that spry gum was being pushed a lot as a 'healthy' alternative with even some positive dental benefits http://xylitolcanada.com/media.htm, so I jumped ship.

I was wondering what anyone else's experience has been like with spry gum. Is spry gum just a pipe dream? Something masquerading as the lesser of two evils when gum chewing is probably just a bad habit that should be kicked all together?

I find myself popping them when I'm stressed or working... I don't want to overdo it. It's a bit of a crutch though it seems.

Thoughts? Experiences? Has anyone ever become addicted to xylitol? I know its a plant derived sweetener, but is it just messing with my taste buds? Has anyone found it to cause them to crave more sweets? Just curious to see what's out there.

Thanks!!

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on July 16, 2014
at 01:03 AM

I'll give this a try!

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on April 18, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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on April 18, 2013
at 03:42 PM

I tend to have 1 or 2 pieces per day but there are days I never think of it. I brush my teeth with powder in the morning and chew 1 piece of Spry at some point thereafter. In afternoon or evening, I floss if I feel a need (gristle caught in my teeth) and dry-brush my gums. Dry-brush, btw, is a misnomer as I'm convinced it helps your gums by getting your saliva flowing like mad. After getting my mouth nice and clean I chew another piece of gum.

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on April 18, 2013
at 11:35 AM

Thanks Nance! How many pieces do you normally chew a day? I've seen mentioning of xylitol having some type of effect on gut flora, though I can't seem to find the link now. Have you heard of any kind of recommended daily intake for xylitol?

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on January 30, 2013
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Good question, I've been wondering the same too. Would also be interesting to know if there is a genuine Paleo alternative, something like gristle perhaps (bit hard to carry around discretely though!).

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on April 17, 2013
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My dentist recommended I chew gum as my gums are more dry than he'd prefer. I've been using Spry for almost 2 years and I've had no negative effects at all. I've also had great dental checkups, which I assume relates to what I'm eating but obviously the Spry doesn't hurt.

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on April 18, 2013
at 03:42 PM

I tend to have 1 or 2 pieces per day but there are days I never think of it. I brush my teeth with powder in the morning and chew 1 piece of Spry at some point thereafter. In afternoon or evening, I floss if I feel a need (gristle caught in my teeth) and dry-brush my gums. Dry-brush, btw, is a misnomer as I'm convinced it helps your gums by getting your saliva flowing like mad. After getting my mouth nice and clean I chew another piece of gum.

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on April 18, 2013
at 11:35 AM

Thanks Nance! How many pieces do you normally chew a day? I've seen mentioning of xylitol having some type of effect on gut flora, though I can't seem to find the link now. Have you heard of any kind of recommended daily intake for xylitol?

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on April 18, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:38 PM

I'm a celiac, I use the Spry gum to contend with the dry mouth side effects I've had recently from meds. I don't get glutened from it. Is it paleo? No, but just drinking water isn't enough for what I'm going through and I won't do Trident for example. I hope my body gets used to my newest med and my salivary glands adapt. I get mine at vitacost. Using glee at the frequency with which I need something would make it cost prohibitive. I knew some African-Americans (immigrants-from-Ghana-Nigeria-etc-Africans) who would chew on licorice root but that could be a problem for some people. I shouldn't do that because of the phyto-estrogens. There might be something else like that. Ginger? or some other fibrous plant or root you could chew. Chewing gum helps an ADD-type I know (also paleo) focus in certain situations so he also carries some sort of gum with him even though it's not strict. He never cheats with processed flours or beers though.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I go for glee gum instead. There's a xylitol version if you want sugar free.

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on July 16, 2014
at 01:03 AM

I'll give this a try!

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