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A conversation about gum.

Comment: Hello. I am surprised to see you recommending Spry gum on your site. Spry gum contains titanium dioxide, which is pretty bad stuff to ingest.

From Dr. Hull: As an alternative to ALL the sugarless gum out there with artificial chemicals, in my opinion, Spry® is the lesser of the chemical-evils, especially for children who want to chew gum regularly. Spry isn't perfect, but it doesn't have the diet chemicals such as aspartame and sucralose. If people are going to grab a pack of gum off the counter, they have little to no healthy choices. So, in my opinion, I recommend choosing products like Spry over gum with aspartame, sucralose, neotame, or Ace-K because they are going to chew gum regardless.

Comment: I have to disagree. Titanium dioxide is not a better alternative. And, the heath problems and chemicals contained in Spry should be put forth when it was recommended. If I didn't know better, I would be making an UNINFORMED choice to use Spry, rather than the informed choice that your readers think they are getting from your website. People turn to Dr. Hull's website for reliable information and for you to decide what is a better alternative without stating the truth about the product is not what I would expect from a dr. who is trying to get the truth out about chemicals in our food.

I hope that you would update your site with the information about titanium dioxide in Spry gum. (not to mention other chemicals that I have yet to research)

As an aside, I have tried Glee gum, it is better than nothing. Its taste fades very fast and it is hard to chew. It does contain "natural flavors" which, as you know, could be bad stuff. So far, I can only find it at Whole Foods.

From Dr. Hull: This post will clarify for all readers that Spry gum contains titanium dioxide, but in my professional and personal opinion, titanium dioxide is not as harmful as aspartame or sucralose. Again, if someone, especially a child, is going to chew gum, regardless, I would rather they chew a pure form, which is impossible to find, or a gum with less toxic chemicals. Nonetheless, the best recommendation is to not chew any gum at all.

Thank you for your post, and now this information is available for others to read.

Posted March 2012 | Permanent Link

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