Is Splenda Found In 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 find the old-fashioned bubble gum that contains refined sugar, and the original Dentyne® gum (the old-fashioned red pack) does not contain artificial sweeteners. But it’s even getting harder to locate these original Dentyne packs in most stores anymore. The trusty red pack of Dentyne has been replaced with Dentyne Ice® and other various Dentyne products new to the market, all which contain chemical sweeteners. Even good old Wrigley’s Doublemint® gum uses artificial sweeteners now, and these familiar gums are NOT labeled sugar-free! Now, you MUST read all the labels on gums, candy, and mints because these chemicals are added to the products without informed labeling. (Visit The Healthy Newsletter archives for more articles on gums.)
The best place to purchase gum, candy, and mints is a whole foods market, a natural co-op, or the finer health food stores. Most alternative gums are currently selecting xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol that can cause diarrhea or an upset stomach. But, it is a better choice in the long run.
Someday soon, stevia, agave nectar, and pure complex raw sugars will be put back into gums and mints as they used to be years ago. For now if you chew gum, shop for the safer alternatives. 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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