Good day Amazing You 🤗, How have you been? Yeah, I know it’s been awhile and am sorry for the delay.
Have you read my previous post?
Okay, so let’s get the business of the day rolling, or let’s say topic of the day 😌.
Bubble gums or chewing gum? Whatever 💁🏽.
So this post is to enlighten you on the surprising health benefits of chewing gum 😊and also the afterdeal 😷you need to be aware of …
People have been chewing gum in various forms for thousands of years. Original gums were made from the sap of trees, such as spruce or Manilkara chicle; However, most modern chewing gums are made from synthetic rubbers.
What Is Chewing Gum?
Chewing gum is a soft, rubbery substance that’s designed to be chewed but not swallowed.
Recipes can vary between brands, but all chewing gums have the following basic ingredients:
> Gum: The non-digestible, rubbery base used to give gum its chewy quality.
> Resin: Usually added to strengthen gum and hold it together.
> Fillers: Fillers, such as calcium carbonate or talc, are used to give gum texture.
> Preservatives: These are added to extend shelf life. The most popular choice is an organic compound called butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT).
> Softeners: These are used to retain moisture and prevent the gum from hardening. They can include waxes like paraffin or vegetable oils.
> Sweeteners: Popular ones include cane sugar, beet sugar and corn syrup. Sugar-free gums use sugar alcohols like xylitol or artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
> Flavorings: Added to give a desired flavor. They can be natural or synthetic.
Chewing gum is a candy that’s designed to be chewed but not swallowed. It’s made by mixing a gum base with sweeteners and flavorings.
Are the Ingredients in Chewing Gum Safe?
In general, chewing gum is considered to be safe. However, some brands of chewing gum contain small amounts of controversial ingredients. Even in these cases, the amounts are generally much lower than the amounts considered to cause harm.
👉 Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
BHT is an antioxidant that’s added to many processed foods as a preservative. It stops food from going bad by preventing fats from becoming rancid. Its use is controversial, as some animal studies have shown high doses can cause cancer. Yet, the results are mixed, and other studies haven’t found this effect. Overall, there are very few human studies, so its effects on people are relatively unknown.
👉 Titanium Dioxide
Titanium dioxide is a common food additive used to whiten products and give them a smooth texture. Some animal studies have linked very high doses of titanium dioxide with nervous system and organ damage in rats. However, studies have provided mixed results, and its effects in humans are relatively unknown. At the moment, the amount and type of titanium dioxide people are exposed to in food is generally considered to be safe.
Nevertheless, more research is needed to determine the safe consumption limit.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener commonly found in sugar-free foods. It’s highly controversial and has been claimed to cause a range of problems from headaches to obesity to cancer. However, there’s currently no evidence that aspartame causes cancer or weight gain. Evidence for a connection between aspartame and metabolic syndrome or headaches is also weak or nonexistent.
Overall, consuming amounts of aspartame that are within the daily intake recommendations isn’t thought to be harmful.
Chewing gum hasn’t been linked to any serious health effects, but ingredients added to some brands of chewing gum are controversial.