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Written by Thomas Corriher
If you thought that either toothpaste or red meats laced with sodium nitrate were the most dangerous things at the grocery store, then you should guess again.
People do not typically swallow gum, and thus they give very little attention to their ingredients. After all, if it is not swallowed, then ingredients should not be a concern, right? Wrong. The ingredients in gum go into the bloodstream faster and in higher concentrations than food ingredients, because they are absorbed straight through the walls of the mouth, and they will not undergo the normal filtration process of digestion.
Gum is typically the most toxic product in supermarkets that are made for consumption, and they are very likely to kill your pet. Commercial gum products contain roughly the same list of toxic ingredients, with differing labeling, which is virtually always designed to be deceptive.
Common Ingredients of Gum
After looking at several different brands of chewing gum, we found that these were the most common ingredients:
Artificial and `Natural` Flavoring
Calcium Casein Peptone-calcium Phosphate
Titanium Dioxide (so cancerous that external skin contact is enough)
When you consider that all of these ingredients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream unaltered through the mouth tissues and saliva, it is at least slightly disturbing to most rational people. It should be. We will be analyzing some of these ingredients in-depth, because we intend to debunk the myth that chewing gum is harmless and even good for you (ie. "it strengthens the teeth").
The "Sugar Free" Sugar Alcohols
Sorbitol, Maltitol, and Mannitol are sugar alcohols. These are usually made from sugar, and they frequently increase the blood sugar just as much as eating sugar straight. However, they allow manufacturers to make deceptive "sugar-free" claims, since these ingredients are not pure sugar anymore. (Nothing up this sleeve) While such sugar derivatives are technically "sugar free" when the manipulative word games are employed, they nonetheless remain dangerous for diabetics, who by the way, are the very audience that these gums are marketed to. Let`s not forget that the sugar alcohol containing gums are also marketed to improve our dental health, either; since they are so "sugar free", after all. The sugar alcohols are even more chemically bastardized than "white" sugar is (more toxic), so we have reason to believe that these forms of sugar will stimulate even more weight gain and inflammation than regular sugar. All the evidence points in that direction. Furthermore, these chemically bastardized sugar alcohols are documented to cause abdominal pains and diarrhea, whilst aggravating various health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome; so the immune system takes a huge hit from them. This immuno-suppression will, in turn, cause greater yeast development in the body to actually cause cavities.
There is no wonder about why such gums are so well loved by the American Dental Association. It`s like the thing with fluoride supposedly "stopping cavities" instead of actually causing more, along with various other dental problems.
Instead of telling customers what they are really eating, `gum base` is used to generalize a list of ingredients that is never published. As the name implies, it is the foundation agent of chewing gum. We have tried exhaustively to find exactly what `gum base` is made from. On one website after another, we found the following babble, which is obviously meant to derail serious research:
"Gum base is produced through a blend of raw materials which can be categorized in five classes:
1.Elastomers, act as the key ingredient and provide elasticy
2.Resins act as binders and softeners
3.Plasticizers render the elastomer soft to ensure thorough blending of the gum base
4.Fillers contribute to the overall texture
5.Antioxidants prevent oxidation of the gum base and flavors during shelf life"
Since this was repeated identically at all websites that we looked at, we can only assume that all of these companies are actually owned by the same people, or at least they are working together as a cartel to cover-up an honest disclosure of what is in their gums. We found out that the gum base is usually a commercial trade secret. None of the websites told us the full ingredients. For instance, exactly what plasticizer is used? Are people chewing on super-toxic PVC? The plasticizing agents could contain dioxins for all we know, and quite frankly, they probably really do.
After much more research, we found one Chinese company who told us about their ingredients. Wuxi Yueda Gum Base Manufacture Co, Ltd said:
"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."
Glycerol ester of rosin is often made from the stumps of pine trees. It is used industrially to create fast-drying varnishes. The Internet is riddled with stories of people who had severe allergic reactions to it, usually causing a swollen throat that led to difficulty breathing. Glycerol ester of rosin is now being added to soft drinks, though federal limits ensure that its quantity remains under 100 p.p.m.. This safety limitation does not apply to chewing gum.
Talc has been linked to lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and fibrotic pneumoconiosis with just transdermal exposure. It is very rarely put into products that are to be consumed. In fact, the only other consumable products that we have seen containing talc is diet aids (most are extremely toxic). Talcum powder was once used on small children, but it has now been replaced with cornstarch, due to safety concerns. It`s too dangerous to touch the skin, but absorbing it straight into the bloodstream that`s okay! It sounds like we must be talking about vaccines again, doesn`t it?
Polyvinyl acetate is not quite P.V.C.. It`s P.V.A.. P.V.A. is frequently referred to as `Carpenter`s glue` or simply `white glue`. Remember that this is not being used as an industrial product, but as something that children are frequently given to chew on (`gum base` is in bubble gum too). This goes quite well with the paraffin wax, which is derived from refined petroleum.
Lets watch what we chew.