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You gotta’ love all of those commercials for chewing gum. They really have it down to a science after all…
They make us laugh… They make us cry… They get us engaged on social media… They even tell us that four out of five dentists recommend the stuff.
It’s all hearts and flowers, right?
What those commercial don’t tell you is that most (if not all) of the gum on the shelves of your grocery store could come with some serious health risks.
Here are the facts…
Chewing gum health risk #1 – Migraines
Are you a migraine sufferer and a gum fanatic? Well, the two could be linked.
In fact, a scientific study showed that almost 87 percent of patients experienced relief from their migraines when they stopped chewing gum! They didn’t take a single pill, get or shot or have any other type of treatment. The only thing they did was stop popping a piece of gum in their mouth.
Chewing gum health risk #2 – Artificial sweeteners
You probably know that most gums out there use artificial sweeteners to replace sugars. After all, most people these days are concerned about getting too much sugar in their diets so they’re less likely to buy gum that adds more in.
But, those artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Think you’re out of the woods if you go for natural sweeteners like xylitol?
Well, you’re better off it’s true, but you still could be in for some problems.
That’s because some people can end up with serious digestive complaints with xylitol use – everything from acid reflux to bloating, gas and diarrhea.
Chewing gum health risk #3 – Weight gain
Some people chew gum because they feel like it helps them put off eating and better stick to their diet. But, it really has the opposite effect.
In fact, studies show that people who chew gum are more likely to end up eating meals that are less nutritious and more calorie-packed than non gum-chewers.
And, the weight gain problem you could experience from chewing gum doesn’t end there.
You see, another study found that a compound found in most gums that’s used to make them look super white (called titanium dioxide) actually slows your metabolism!
Chewing gum health risk #4 – Diabetes
If that’s not all, here’s the granddaddy of all health risks thanks to chewing gum – diabetes.
And, once again it comes from that titanium dioxide those companies use to color the gum that we just talked about.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that pancreases that came from patients with diabetes were jam packed with titanium dioxide crystals while pancreases from non-diabetic patients had none.
Chewing gum health risk #5 – Inflammation
One more thing the researchers proved that titanium dioxide causes in your body?
Why is this important?
Because inflammation has been linked to everything from heart disease and arthritis to Alzheimer’s and cancer.
With all of the health risks that come with that simple piece of chewing gum, it’s better to avoid it completely than suffer later. If you just can’t give it up, look for a brand that skips the chemicals and only uses real, whole-food ingredients.
- The influence of excessive chewing gum use on headache frequency and severity among adolescents — Pediatric Neurology
- Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues — Canadian Medical Association Journal
- Artificial sweeteners: Where do we stand? — CNN
- Acute and chronic effects of gum chewing on food reinforcement and energy intake — Eating Behaviors
- Titanium dioxide nanoparticle ingestion alters nutrient absorption in an in vitro model of the small intestine — NanoImpact
- Possible link found between diabetes and common white pigment — University of Texas at Austin
- Why You Should Pay Attention to Chronic Inflammation — Cleveland Clinic