What Are Some Safe Sugar-Free Alternatives For Gum?

It is almost impossible to find a gum or mint that doesn’t contain one or more of the chemical sugar substitutes. You can still buy the old-fashioned bubble gum, but that contains refined sugar. The original Dentyne® gum does not contain artificial sweeteners, but I cannot locate the "original" Dentyne in stores anymore. The trusty red pack of Dentyne has been replaced with Dentyne Ice® and other various Dentyne products new to the market, all containing chemical sweeteners.

The best place to purchase gum and mints is a whole foods market, a natural food co-op, or the finer health food stores. Most alternative gums are selecting xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol that can cause diarrhea or an upset stomach. But, it's the better choice as opposed to the other chemical sweeteners, especially if giving it to children. Someday soon, stevia, agave, and pure complex raw sugars will be put back into gums and mints. For now, look for the safer alternatives available if you chew gum. Slowly swallowing harmful sugar-free chemicals can result in continuous headaches, lethargy, mood swings, and various negative health reactions, especially in children.

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