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Opinions on sugar free gum?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I'm a huge gum addict. I always eat the sugar-free kind, but I was wondering about all of the random ingredients they put into the stuff. So what are your opinions? Paleo or not? Also, what would be a good alternative?

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on October 04, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Chocolate is bad for dogs but I intend to continue to risk it... :)

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on July 21, 2012
at 12:28 AM

No bueno, no bueno! :)

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on July 20, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Sounds like a fantastic idea, I'll have to try it! Sounds like the texture, at least, could certainly be improved. Would the tree sap be bad for your teeth, though? I really have no idea--I've never tried sap or really looked much into it.

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on July 20, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Ooh, pterygoids! Just memorized those last term. So is gum good or bad for jacked up ones? :)

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

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on July 20, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Agree. When I was eating xylitol daily, I had my liver status tested in order to prepare for Nystatin and my liver enzymes were elevated. Since it was the only weird non-paleo thing in my diet, I dropped it, and lo and behold my liver enzymes went back to normal the next test. While I figured that was a bad sign I decided to try it again later and noticed that I felt incredibly depressed all day. As in, couldn't even smile - weird totally unnatural feeling. Then tried it one more day, same. Will never touch it again.

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Great idea. Hmmmm, what about mixing the mint leaves with some form of natural gum material, like some kinda tree sap or something..I am sure there must be some paleo way to emulate gum.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Non-caloric sweetners make you very hungry. Thats proven. Because the stimulation of insulin production via the sweet receptors in your mouth isnt matched with actual satisfaction. People drinking diet soft drinks gain more weight than people drinking ones with sugar in it...Gum may be worse in a way because it gets your gastric juices going too.

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on July 19, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Not all have aspartame. Reading the labels is what is most important.

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at 08:02 PM

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A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Drop the sugar free gum like third period french! I noticed such an improvement in my cravings when I stopped chewing it. Sugar free gum was my gateway drug, 1 piece and I started to crave all sorts of stuff. Once I stopped chewing it the cravings stopped...well almost, I do get the occasional craving for sugar free gum now.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Non-caloric sweetners make you very hungry. Thats proven. Because the stimulation of insulin production via the sweet receptors in your mouth isnt matched with actual satisfaction. People drinking diet soft drinks gain more weight than people drinking ones with sugar in it...Gum may be worse in a way because it gets your gastric juices going too.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 20, 2012
at 12:07 AM

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

(367)

on July 20, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Agree. When I was eating xylitol daily, I had my liver status tested in order to prepare for Nystatin and my liver enzymes were elevated. Since it was the only weird non-paleo thing in my diet, I dropped it, and lo and behold my liver enzymes went back to normal the next test. While I figured that was a bad sign I decided to try it again later and noticed that I felt incredibly depressed all day. As in, couldn't even smile - weird totally unnatural feeling. Then tried it one more day, same. Will never touch it again.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on October 04, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Chocolate is bad for dogs but I intend to continue to risk it... :)

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5ae48230df3b05bb8f210405f75fc8ed

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on July 19, 2012
at 09:03 PM

I had the same question a couple months ago, and after a little online research, I decided to try chewing mint leaves instead. I love it! I now keep a little zip-lock baggy in my bag, and whenever I feel like a piece of gum, I chew the leaves instead. I actually like the taste better, too. I grow the mint myself in a mint-patch next to my house, all organic and healthy!

On the other hand, I have still had a piece or two of gum since then when friends offer and I have no mint leaves. I don't think it is really anything to worry about in very small quantities. I can't find the site that gave me the idea, maybe it was this one--regardless, the credit isn't mine! Good luck!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on July 20, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Great idea. Hmmmm, what about mixing the mint leaves with some form of natural gum material, like some kinda tree sap or something..I am sure there must be some paleo way to emulate gum.

5ae48230df3b05bb8f210405f75fc8ed

(153)

on July 20, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Sounds like a fantastic idea, I'll have to try it! Sounds like the texture, at least, could certainly be improved. Would the tree sap be bad for your teeth, though? I really have no idea--I've never tried sap or really looked much into it.

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on July 19, 2012
at 07:52 PM

There is no paleo gum, but if you like gum, go for it. Even the stuff with sugar won't really cause an insulin response, as the human body is well capable of handling 9g or so per hour without a surge. Some advocate xylitol sweetened gum, as it is a natural sugar alcohol, is less caloric than sugar, and ilicits no insulin response, while minimizing tooth decay. Might want to look into that option.

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:02 PM

http://www.candydirect.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/500x266/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/s/t/stride_spark_sugar_free_kinetic_mint.jpg

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on July 19, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Good old chewy fat. You can keep chomping at a fatty piece of biltong or jerky for hours and hours.

Without modern cooking techniques, I'd bet the Paleo (wo)man was a used to chomping on a tough bit of fat in order to extract all the good stuff.

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on July 20, 2012
at 11:12 AM

I've had a question about both gum and toothpaste for a long time. When the body tastes something sweet with it's tastebuds it triggers an oncoming insulin response. This response is called the cephalic insulin response. This is the thing that get desensitized by artificial sweeteners and can lead to type 2 diabetes. I don't imagine lying to it would be good for your actual metabolism. Especially at night right before you go to sleep. Someone PLEASE correct me if i'm wrong.

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Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

on July 20, 2012
at 12:15 AM

I'm personally just not a big proponent of gum in general, but I'm a TMJ Syndrome practitioner so I spend a fair amount of time working on people's jacked up pterygoids :)

On the very rare occasion, if I want gum, I use Spry.

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

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on July 21, 2012
at 12:28 AM

No bueno, no bueno! :)

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

(367)

on July 20, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Ooh, pterygoids! Just memorized those last term. So is gum good or bad for jacked up ones? :)

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on July 19, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I'm a fan of gum every once in a while. After a meal, during a plane trip, when stuck in a long car ride or at a desk.

With that said, it can become a nasty habit. At once point, I was chewing 2-3 packs a day. I suppose it's not horrible to do maybe a pack over a day, but I did find that it always gave me GI distress. I hated the bloated feeling from it, even when I hadn't eaten anything I felt stuffed. Very uncomfortable out in public. All of the additives and chemicals aren't good either.

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Don't chew sugar free gum! It can actually be worse for you to chew than gum with sugar. They both have Aspartame that can cause cancer. An excellent alternative is Xylitol gum. Its awesome, tastes great, AND is good for you. Xylitol, a natural sugar that comes from plants and fruits, is very good for your teeth. We get Spry gum and mints and love them. Hope this helps.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 19, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Not all have aspartame. Reading the labels is what is most important.

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