Is Chewing Gum Bad For You?

Is Chewing Gum Bad For You?

Chewing gum is a habit many people have. Some chew it habitually as a nosh, some to kill time. Take a stick of gum and get those teeth busy at work. Besides, it seems like such a harmless and low-calorie nosh or at least better than the sugary bar of candy or chocolate. Just chew a couple of gum sticks and get to thinking.

But the question raised today is; whether or not chewing gum has a bad impact on our body? Gums are greatly consumed all over America and our popular worldwide. Dr. Josh Axe mentions that “During World War II, U.S. soldiers used gum in trades and handed it out as gifts to people living in Europe, Africa and all over the world. And, of course, anyone who chops lots of onions knows chewing gum while doing so can help fight back tears. “

Store shelves are swarming with dozens of flavors and varieties of gums that contain numerous ingredients, artificial colorings and flavored additives that host a lot of health risks. So, the answer is yes, a gum is packed with a lot of sugar and harmful calorie ingredients that become the reason of tooth decay.

Then the gum industry solves our problem by producing sugarless chewing gums. But ever wondered how these sugar-free gums actually work? Experts suggest that you can get whiter teeth by chewing a sugar-free gum because the gum increases the flow of saliva and wash your teeth by neutralizing the acid produced by food bacteria inside your mouth. In this way, the teeth enamel is saved due to less acid produced around it.

Chewing Gum and Weight Loss

Some studies also suggest that chewing gum helps you lose weight because it keeps you from snacking on unhealthy foods and helps curb cravings. In addition to that, it is a great facial exercise that without realizing you are doing for N number of times in a day which in result gives you those cover girl like high cheekbones and diamond cut jaw lines. Provoked much eh? Keep reading!

Now let’s discuss the downside, excessive and aggressive chewing of gum can lead to jaw pain and weaken it due to undue pressure on the cartilage and teeth joints.  Gum is also known to trouble the stomach, especially for people suffering from IBS(irritable bowel syndrome). Chewing gum causes excess air pockets to be formed which cause bloating.

Secondly, a gum is made from chewable synthetic polymers like rubber, polyethylene and combined with a little of natural latex along with artificial flavorings and sweeteners that altogether give you tummy rumbles. Even if you chose not to swallow the gum, you are still chomping onto these harmful ingredients and chemicals inside.

Chewing Gum and a bad Gut

All diseases begin in the gut. Gum manufacturers use an ingredient called the Titanium Oxide used in nanoparticle form. This tiny metal compound is causing some serious health risks to the body.  This nanoparticle is also found in paints and plastics.

Major Adverse Effects In a Nutshell

  • Chewing gum can lead to symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • The effectiveness of intestines decrease
  • Nano-Titanium Dioxide impacts small intestinal cells that block absorption of key nutrients like iron, zinc and fatty acids.
  • It slows the metabolism, increases inflammation and weakens the gut’s ability to protect against dangerous pathogens.
  • Chewing gum contributes to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) because you swallow excess air which leads to abdominal pain and bloaty stomach.
  • Artificial sweeteners and sugars will rot your teeth by decaying its enamel.
Silver fillings in porous teeth

“Silver fillings known as amalgam dental fillings consist of a combination of mercury, silver, and tin. And research shows that chewing gum can release the mercury from the fillings into your system says Dr. Takahashi, as it typically passes easily through your intestinal tract. That said, do you really want metal in your body?”

So, watch it folks a little too much chewing can lead you to the above-explained conditions. Time to reconsider the gums eh?

 

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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