Chewing gum is often thought of as a great craving buster, breath freshener and harmless substance.
But, really, is chewing gum bad for your health?
Yes, chewing gum is bad for your health.
Oh darn, I gave away the whole article… But wait… Stick around… Let’s explore the reasons why.
Most chewing gum is…
- full of artificial colors and additives many of which are carcinogenic.
- sweetened with aspartame. Aspartame has been linked with cancer, birth defects, diabetes and neurological disorders.
- sweetened with some other artificial sweetener which may cause liver toxicity, birth defects. Additionally, it is just as addictive as sugar.
- sweetened with sugar (when not sugar free). Sugar is highly addictive, stimulates the appetite, and encourages cravings. It can also cause diabetes, obesity, and heart attacks.
There are other reasons why chewing gum is not good for your health.
- It can cause headaches. This is not only from the chemicals in the gum but also from the actual chewing. You use eight (8) different muscles to chew a piece of gum. Unnecessary chewing strains two of these muscles and can cause headaches.
- It can cause gum damage. The cartilage in your mouth gets broken down from unnecessary chewing which can eventually lead to a lifetime of pain.
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners can cause tooth decay, enamel breakdown and feed bacteria.
- Chewing gum activates your digestion system. When your digestive system is activated enzymes and acids are produced however they do not actually have anything to digest. This can cause bloating, overproduction of stomach acid and stomach pain.
I share a few more facts to wrap this all up, and encourage you not to open the wrapper. Chewing gum can cause stomach upset, headaches, gum damage, and tooth decay. Additionally it can cause cancer, birth defects, diabetes, liver toxicity, and neurological disorders.