Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Sugar free chewing gum isn’t all its cracked up to be. Okay, not to poke fun at any one of the over 30 brands of chewing gum on the market today, but I since I am an avid Biggest Looser fan and recognize the obvious marketing plugs about sugar free gum and the zero calorie, satisfying taste I saw an opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas.
If you didn’t already know the chemical sweetener called aspartame is in nearly all sugar free gum and thousands of other consumables. This toxic substance is found in anything from drinks and desserts to multivitamins and medication. What is Aspartame you say? It is a chemical additive that is over 200 times sweeter than sugar and is comprised of three elements: the amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and methanol. High concentrations of phenylalanine when accumulated can cause brain damage. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin that is a pathologic process that damage and kills nerve cells. Methanol is a wood alcohol that when consumed in even modest amounts is poisonous to the system. So, just an FYI this powdery sweet stuff will jack up your DNA and give you several handfuls of health problems if you’re into this sugar free method of eating including but not limited to: severe headaches, dizziness, attention difficulties, memory loss, seizures, throat swelling, depression, blindness, brain tumors, cancer……..the list goes on and on.
“Many complainants reported a variety of symptoms involving several organ systems. Overall, 346 (67%) complainants reported neurological/behavioral symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, and mood alterations. One hundred twenty-four (24%) reported experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, and 76 (15%) reported allergic type and/or dermatologic symptoms. Thirty-two women (6% of case reports) reported alterations in their usual menstrual patterns. Forty-seven (9%) reported other symptoms of various types. Because persons often reported symptoms from more than one category, the total number of symptoms reported was greater than the actual number of complainants.” –Center for Disease Conrol
Unfortunately, the ill effects of aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history with foggy studies that have been done about its effects on human consumption. Frankly, I’ll keep me and my family far away from anything that was originally designed by the Pentagon as a means of biological warfare. This tasty sweetness just happened to slip into the modern diet and cause major ripples in health.
James Bowen, M.D. in 2005 stated:
“Apartame is indeed the number one brain carcinogen ever discovered by science! The US brain cancer rate jumped up 10% the first six months after is was added to diet pop! Three cans of pop per day for only sixty days also caused an immediate 250% increase in visible human illness. “
I know what you’re thinking. Shandi, what do I do to achieve fresh breath without the typical store bought gum or mints to help me? Here are a few suggestions of things we use in our family to freshen up that breath naturally and even therapeutically.
- Peppermint Essential Oil–One drop under the tongue or a few gulps of it in water will give you the purest, most natural way to not just mask that nasty breath, but kill bacteria, aid in digestion, alleviate headaches, calm your nerves, and keep you cool (literally). Not to mention wake you up! It is purifying and stimulating to the mind and may aid in memory and mental performance. I only trust DoTerra Essential oils because of the CPTG standard they uphold. They are one of the few, if not the only, essential oil provider that is safe for consumption. Peppermint oil is found to be more effective at preventing plaque formation than chlorhexidine (an antiseptic). Rasooli et al. 2008 Click below for more info on the power of essential oils in your diet.
- Xylitol Gum–Xylitol is actually considered a grain and is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables and is very yummy to eat! It has been found to prevent tooth decay by fighting bacteria for oral issues, as well as preventing nasal and ear infections. Harvard School of Dental Medicine has done extensive studies in individuals and found it stopped sugar cravings, reduced insulin levels, and alkalized their bodies. My kids really enjoy gum, so we try to have a good stock of it. Click here to find out how to add this and other xylitol products to your pantry.
- Xylitol Toothpaste–This does not contain fluoride or preservatives at least from our good friends at Natures Sunshine. It contains mild abrasives (baking soda and silica) to clean and polish teeth while leaving your breath fresh and bacteria free. This comes in real handy if you are a young mother. When your little ones are sucking on the toothpaste you don’t have to worry a bit. You could eat this stuff! Find out how to get this and other xylitol products at wholesale by clicking here.
Although I can’t say much of anything positive about refined sugar, when given the choice I will always be much more inclined to grab something with sugar as opposed to anything that contains aspartame as the sweetener. Still, there are several alternatives to sweeten things up naturally such as agave nectar, xylitol, brown rice syrup, raw sugar, succanat, and stevia.
I hope this was valuable to you…………have a sweet day!
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