It is commonly known that tobacco is harmful to your health. 

But, did you know that some ingredients found in chewing gums are worse than chewing tobacco?

Most people do not pay attention to the ingredients contained in chewing gums because, usually, we do not ingest them. 

But, what we don`t know is that their ingredients, in fact, enter directly into our bloodstream, and in higher concentrations than food ingredients. 

The chemical compounds contained in the chewing gums are directly absorbed through the walls of the mouth.

Also, did you know that chewing gums are the most toxic products on the market and can kill any pet that eats it?

The most common ingredients found in chewing gums:

Aspartame

Gum base

Mannitol

Maltilol

Sorbitol

Xylitol

BHT

Titanium dioxide

Calcium casein peptone-calcium phosphate

Artificial and natural flavoring





Acesulfame potassium

Candelila wax

Sodium stearate

Acacia

Particularly cancerous are the sugar-fee chewing gums. 

The ingredients contained in these gums are directly absorbed into our bloodstream through the walls of our mouth, which means that these harmful substances enter directly into our cells. 

Therefore, people should know that sugar-free chewing gums are not harmless at all.

Moreover, sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, maltitol, and mannitol, increase blood sugar levels. 

The labels say that these gums are sugar-free, but they are not pure sugar and can be dangerous for diabetics.

Advertisements say that sugar-free gums can improve teeth`s health, but, in fact, sugar alcohols are more chemically processed than white sugar. 

So, they are more foreign to our body than regular sugar, and can lead to inflammation and increased body weight. 

Also, chemically extracted sugar alcohol can cause abdominal pain in diarrhea and can worsen the symptoms of certain health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Gum base is classified as:

Antioxidant that prevent oxidation of the gum base and the flavors during their shelf life.



Fillers that contribute to texture.

Plasticizers that render the elastomer soft to ensure thorough blending of the gum base.

Resins are like binders and softeners.

Elastomers which act as the key ingredient and provides elasticity.

″It is made of several food-grade raw materials, which are rubber (food grade), glycerol ester of rosin, paraffin waxes, polyvinyl acetates, talc powder and calcium carbonate.″

Glycerol ester of rosin is made from stumps of pine trees and it is used in the production of fast drying varnish. 

It is also added to soft drinks, but the government limits the quantity under 100 P.P.M. however, chewing gum is not included in this safety limit.

Talc is associated with ovarian cancer, lung cancer, and fibrotic pneumoconiosis.

Talcum powder has long been used on small children, but now is replaced with cornstarch due to safety reasons.

Polyvinyl acetate– PVA is also known as carpenter`s glue.

Aspartame is found in many diet foods, diet drinks, and sugar-free products. 

This ingredient is an excitotoxin and is related to almost every health condition, including seizures and brain tumors. 

Also, aspartame is associated with diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, insomnia, asthma, fibromyalgia, lowered IQ, and 92 other symptoms.

Acesulfame potassium is also believed to have carcinogenic properties. 

According to studies performed on animals, acesulfame potassium is closely related to the occurrence of tumors.



BHT is a preservative which is banned in the U.K. and Japan because it is believed to be carcinogenic. 

However, it is sold as a dietary supplement because some people think it has anti-viral properties. 

On the other hand, it has been shown that BHT can lead to kidney and liver damage, and to hyperactivity in children in the 70s.


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