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by 0 · August 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I quit smoking a year and a half ago via nicotine gum. Now I am addicted to the gum. What affect does nicotine have on blood glucose levels and insulin resistance?

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CD 0 · August 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+effect+does+nicotine+have+on+blood+glucose+levels

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by 0 · April 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I've always had tooth problems, and my teeth are very blotchy with white and yellow. I recently started oil pulling with coconut oil and that very slowly began to clear up some of the blotchiness. I was encouraged by this and so two weeks ago I... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I'd get some liquid CoQ10 or Ubiquinol and use it after brushing, to swish around your mouth for a few minutes before swallowing it. CoQ10 is very beneficial for gums, (and also expensive.) Maybe do something like a teaspoon or two a day and... (more)

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by 50 · November 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Do you? (if you have to) Is it bad for you?

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eric_9 0 · October 05, 2013 at 6:14 AM

The short is answer is: "No, I don't swallow my gum ." Actually, I don't chew gum. In my opinion, chewing gum is a healthy habit: it removes stuck food particles from the teeth and gives exercise to the jaw muscles. However, the big... (more)

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by 68 · April 06, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Is there any kind of gum that you would be considered paleo friendly?

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MathGirl72 0 · April 05, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I buy xylitol gum for occasional use. You still need to read labels; even some touted as xylitol gum have crap ingredients.

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by 5 · March 15, 2013 at 12:21 AM

I have taken to gnawing cinnamon sticks in order to break my gum addiction. Can there be a negative side to this? I eat about 2 or 3 a day.

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Nvor 0 · March 15, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Mark Sisson makes a comment about coumarin being fat soluble and that heating the cinnamon in hot water and straining the solids could help filter it. From what I could gather online, coumarin is fat-soluble only, meaning steeping Cassia in hot... (more)

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by 310 · March 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Fifteen year old paleo girl here. I recently got back into chewing aspartame gum like trident's cinnamon, and earlier this evening I looked up aspartame, saw a bunch of bad stuff about it being a neurotoxin and being banned in some parts of the... (more)

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Dahl 0 · March 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Xylitol gum was pretty helpful when my daughter had weak baby teeth. Just please please keep it away from your dog, if you have one. We had it in the house before it was known to be harmful for dogs, and had a $5k vet bill when ours got into it. (more)

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by 2282 · July 16, 2014 at 1:03 AM

So I have this vice--spry chewing gum. When I first made the switch to primal/paleo eating habits I used regular sugar free gum (aspartame overload!) to help deal with the sugar cravings I was having after removing all of the heavy carbs, sweets... (more)

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raydawg 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I go for glee gum instead. There's a xylitol version if you want sugar free.

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by 1394 · February 09, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Hello! So I am trying low carb for the third time, and the induction hasn't been too bad, just some thirst and headaches, but also very loud digestion. I am not sure why, but all three times I have done low carb, my digestion gets WAY loud in... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · January 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I am highly anti-gum. It makes you swallow air. Ergo, bloat. Also, all those sugar-free gums contain sugar alcohols like sorbitol that also make you bloat. Drink herbal tea to keep your mouth busy.

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by 310 · May 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I know I know, our paleolithic ancestors didn't find packs of gum growing on trees, but I grabbed this stuff from the Good Earth store and it looks pretty decent. The ingredients are: Xylitol, gum base, natural flavors, gum arabic, carnauba wax,... (more)

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raydawg 0 · October 07, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I don't know about that one, I'd worry about the natural flavors, they can hide nasty things in there such as castoreum. I guess it's ok if you have something like mint. I use glee gum. They do have a xylitol version. (more)

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by 90 · September 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I almost ask this as a rhetorical question because I know it's terrible, it's sweet, artificial and it is ohh so cooling. But that's the problem it freshens your breath more than anything else short term. It is far too inconvenient for me to... (more)

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Varelse 0 · August 30, 2012 at 5:23 AM

I'd be more concerned about artificial sweeteners keeping your desire for sugar going, and not getting satisfied because it's an artificial sweetener or, if naturally sweetened, swallowing just the small amount but having that taste triggered for... (more)

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by 614 · July 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Has anyone heard of this company - looks like this will be available in Sept. http://www.naturalvalue.com/ June 27, 2012 Here is an update on our Natural Coconut Milk and Organic Coconut Milk, in BPA Free cans with no Guar Gum. It is being... (more)

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LastingOne 0 · July 09, 2012 at 3:12 AM

That's great news. I know the brand name, but did not know they sold coconut milk. Chris Kresser posted a blog about guar gum and BPA with coconut milk products a while back. Nearly incited a riot (as seen in the comments section). (more)

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by 590 · July 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM

The rash started about 3 mths after starting coconut milk. I stopped because I thought it was causing heartburn, but turns out it the whole cream I was mainlining caused the heartburn. Stopped the cream and the heartburn went away. I increased the... (more)

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Tony_8 0 · June 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Several thoughts .. The coconut milk and/or other diet factors are allowing you to burn fat, which could be releasing stored up toxins which are then excreted through the skin and causing irritation. You have a food allergy to coconut. I have a... (more)

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by 45 · June 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

After reading Dr. William Davis' Wheat Belly, I started wondering whether the Cinnamon flavored Trident gum I have been chewing actually contains gluten. He made the comment that sometimes gluten is used in the powder to prevent gum from sticking... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · June 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

There are plenty of gums out there that don't have a ton of wacky ingredients. (Unless you count xylitol or stevia, which some people would.) Can't find these at Walgreens or a gas station, but they're at Whole Foods and most mom & pop health... (more)

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by 15 · October 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Is chewing sugar free gum ok? Is drinking unsweetened black iced tea ok? Is drinking red/white ok? Is eating plantain chips w/ palm olein as the only ingredient ok?

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Lucas_W 0 · October 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

For gum, you could try Falim gum from Turkey (available on Amazon for about $0.10/piece). It has no sugar or other sweeteners, and light or no flavor.

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by 153 · March 02, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Before going paleo I was always chewing gum or eating hard candy. Now I don't know what to do..I want to chew gum or something along those lines but its not paleo. Any tips or ideas that could help me get over this?

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irene87 0 · July 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

what is wrong with chewing gum?

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by 0 · November 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Hi! I went to Whole Foods yesterday and found this little piece of beauty when I was going to check out. http://www.peppersmith.co.uk/ It's made entirely from natural ingredients and sweetened with xylitol. I quit chewing gum when I went Paleo... (more)

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Mash 0 · November 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I know I am dragging up an old post, but just bought a box of 12 boxes of Peppersmith off Amazon. I work in I.T. and go through a pack of Extra a day and thought that I am possibly ingesting a lot of nasties. This is my 'best of both worlds'... (more)

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by 6832 · February 26, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Ok, sounds weird, but I regularly pull large pieces of fat from dried meat and chew and chew and chew for hours it seems, then the pieces go down complete and I wonder if I should have swallowed it or thrown it away. Can our stomachs cope with... (more)

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Kikilula 0 · February 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I chew my bites of fat and meat about 3 or 4 times and then swallow. My stomach/intestines seem to cope properly with them... they would surely show up on the other end, if they couldn't... Somewhere (Stephansson?) I've read about chewing and... (more)

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by 5852 · July 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I recently found a chewing gum alternative that is sweetened only with Xylitol. Anyone have any good or bad info on it? I do remember my dentist recommending me a toothpaste with Xylitol a few years back. He said it had been shown to reverse... (more)

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PaleoGran 0 · January 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM

I have wondered what harm xylitol could do, even though it is said to have benefits for humans. This bulletin from an animal hospital states: Xylitol and Humans: Proponents of Xylitol for human consumption have boasted a number of health... (more)

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by 45 · May 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I thought I'd ask this because I haven't found a lot of info on it thus far... A post I read on PaNu mentioned tribal people chewing on leaves and bark etc., which made me think of asking this, and it just seems that humans like chewing on things... (more)

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Yummywax 0 · May 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

You can always chew pine or spruce resin. (Resin is hardened/crystalized sap)You can also make chewing gum with it. For the pine, melt it down through a strainer and add some beeswax and oil. Use equal amounts of pine sap and beeswax and add oil... (more)

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by 494 · March 07, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Does anybody here chew gum? Have you quit and noticed any improvements? I, for one, chew a pack (15 pieces) a day of sugarfree gum, and I've created a dependency complex. Is it worth it to quit? Here are the ingredients: SORBITOL, GUM BASE,... (more)

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archaea 0 · June 06, 2010 at 12:57 PM

This may be nitpicking, but... There's the fact that all gums taste sweet and therefore: a) get you used to eating very sweet things (craving-trigger for some?) and b) may cause some conditioned insulin response due to the sweet taste or the sugar... (more)