Who doesn’t like to have fresh breath? According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, it seems everyone on the planet has a need for it as 280 gum sticks are chewed by the average person each year. That’s a whole lot of gum!
In fact, it equates to about 100,000 tons of gum chewed each year.
Valued at $19 billion, 115 chewing gum manufacturing companies in the world have made a huge impact on the human population. But, is that impact a positive one? We beg to differ as the majority of chewing gums on the market contain hazardous chemicals that can alter your health in a negative way. Even the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declares chewing gum as an over-the-counter drug.
Chewing gum poisoning the population
One of the most dangerous and addictive substances in chewing gum is aspartame. This sweet poison is better known as Equal, NutraSweet, or Spoonful. Before you buy any gum – read the label.
The FDA states that the “label and labeling of all over-the-counter human drug products containing aspartame as an inactive ingredient shall bear a statement….” Since this warning is listed on all gums containing this sweet poison, does that declare them to be a “drug?”
Aspartame is made up of three harmful ingredients:
- Aspartic acid – which is an excitotoxin that causes damage and death to cells as it crosses the blood-brain barrier.
- Phenylalanine – When combined with carbohydrates, aspartame causes excessive amounts of phenylalanine in the brain which decreases serotonin levels that lead to mental instability such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. (This is the ingredient that needs to be labeled with a warning.)
- Methanol – It breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde when it reaches 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the body is normally set at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, this chemical embalms all living tissues as it reaches 86 degrees.
Cancer-causing chewing gum preservative banned in the United Kingdom and Japan
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a preservative that retards the rancidity in certain types of foods – usually fats, oil, and oil-containing foods. Due to many scientific studies, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers BHT as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogenic.”
According to a non-profit health advocate organization called The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), BHT is an unnecessary additive that can be replaced easily by safer substitutes.
Replacing BHT with vitamin E or packing foods (gums) under nitrogen instead of air are alternatives that don’t subject harm. CSPI also states that the synthetic chemical can just be left out.
Liver toxicity caused by bleaching agent used in chewing gum
Used as a food colorant or whitening agent, titanium dioxide has been shown in recent studies to cause a host of physical ailments. The Journal of Toxicological Sciences reports this chemical to induce inflammatory response, hepatocyte apoptosis, and liver dysfunction. The study found changes in the expression of 785 genes related to:
- Immune and inflammatory response
- Oxidative stress
- The metabolic process
- Stress response
- Cell cycle
- Ion transport
- Signal transduction
- Cell proliferation
- Cell differentiation