Chewing gum with aspartame is more common than you think, but if you want to avoid sugarless gum, the packaging is not clearly labeled “sugar-free” like it used to be a decade or so ago.
Today, stick gum packets are called fancy names and stuffed into sleek, eye-catching envelopes. Gum today is more marketing than the gum itself, and most of the time, “sugarless” isn’t obvious anywhere on the packaging.
Sugarless or Not?
Can you tell if these gums are sugarless by their names?
- 5® Gum
- Juicy Fruit®
- Wrigley Plentipack®
- Trident Fusion®
- Dentyne Ice®
City: Edison, MN;
Aspartame Consumption: couple of years;
Health symptoms started after consuming aspartame: Yes;
Diet Products Used: Sugar Free Gum – Stride;
Do you use Equal: No;
Do your children use aspartame: No;
Are you aware of products not labeled sugar-free: Yes;
May we include your case history on website: Yes;
Do you want your information anonymous: Yes;
Referred by: Google;
Comments: I didn’t know that aspartame was in my chewing gum – 1 piece a day, 5 days a week for a few years now. I experienced:
- chronic dizziness,
- heart palputations,
- panic attacks,
- irritable bowel syndrome,
- headaches upon waking some days,
- most recent optic neuritis,
- MRI found 2-3 lesions,
- some tingling in my hands and feet; pins and needles on one foot.
I stopped chewing gum last week after I found out that it has aspartame, and I feel so much better! I have a clear head, am less dizzy, I still have pins and needles and little tingling here and there. but I hope they go away eventually.
I wish I would have known this sooner, and I would have saved myself so much time and money going to doctors, etc. I hope this helps someone else.