Anytime someone asks me ‘Want some gum?’
I am like … UM. Thanks, but no thanks.
This is a relatively new response. I used to have a major gum habit – sugar-free OFC, because I was ‘healthy’.
I popped a gum pretty much every day after lunch and a couple of hours later I would bloat up and spend the rest of the day looking like I was 3 months gone.
It didn’t take long to make the connection.
Chewing gum is MAJOR cause of bloat.
With a lil digging, I found there are couple of reasons for this:
- Chewing gum causes you swallow a lot of air, which ends up trapped in your stomach and small intestines = swollen belly.
- Sugar-free gum is the worst bloat offender as it contains artificial sweeteners. Although you don’t actually eat the gum, you do swallow these sweeteners when chewing. Your body finds difficult to break them down hence they cause bloat as they pass through you!
That double-whammy of bloat promotion is enough for me to quit the gum for good.
BUT, as well it being a belly-puffer, there is actually a ton of reasons why gum is a must-avoid product!
Gum is full of fake-ass synthetic ingredients
According to this source, the most common ingredients found in gum are:
None of which are appetising.
I’m not going to get into too much into the nitty-gritty details, BUT there are a couple of seriously nasty ingredients here. Specifically:
This it is probably the most controversial ingredient in existence. It has been linked to SO many health problems from cancer to brain damage to anxiety attacks to headaches. Although the evidence is not absolute, to me it is just not worth the risk.
Possibly the most vague ingredient EVER. According to reports, this is a standardised formula and gum manufacturers are not obligated to share the specific components. However this source got one gum manufacturer to share:
”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.”
SO, gum is made of some seriously nasty, fake-ass stuff.
Not to mention that it feels like you are chewing on rubber.
Oh wait, that’s because you are.
Gum can have a laxative affect
The artificial sweeteners which cause the bloat, well they can also have a laxative effect too – definitely not a desirable side affect!
It is pretty useless actually
Gum can temporarily mask bad breath, which is kinda useful after a raw garlic/onion meal. BUT it can’t actually get rid of it. That is all down to your body.
And who really cares about a lil bit of garlic breath anyways?