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Is Gum that bad of a cheat?

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Created August 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM

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 have to carry around a toothbrush at every dining occasion.

If it weren't so societally entrenched than maybe this wouldn't be a problem but bad breath is just a turn off for everyone so there isn't much reason for me to not chew gum.

Has anyone found a gum replacement? I would love to give up this sugary breath-saviour!

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0 · September 13, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Try regularly flushing your sinuses with salt water. Also try gargling with hydrogen peroxide 3%. Don't eat any dairy foods or drink tea or coffee or anything with sugar or alcohol in it. I can tell you Oraltech Labs advice worked for my bad breath and I think I tried most other products on the market. Its not easy as the program has you treating all causes of bad breath just in case your suffering from any one cause and don't know it. I was happy to follow the Oraltech Labs program just to get my life back. http://www.oraltechlabs.com

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803 · February 18, 2013 at 3:41 AM

But they have found evidence that paleolithic man did have some form of "gum" they chewed. I forgot where I heard/read this! Sorry

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90 · August 31, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I am a teen.. :p 19 and a sophomore in college, that being said I will take fennel seeds into account and use those rather than gum! I'm also probably being paranoid, but clean fresh breath is something that is pleasant rather than non-minty breath, but like you said it's just a bad habit that I need to break

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90 · August 31, 2012 at 6:39 AM

I have noticed the response my body has to the artificial sugar, and the sweetness it gives off and then the subsequent desire for more sweets/ carbs that ensues afterwards. And that is why I am concerned about chewing it. The organic mint essential oil trick though is something I'll keep in mind though great idea thank you!

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19120 · August 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I've realized lately I have to lean towards FODMAPs eating, but I've always known something about the stuff in sugarfree gums really upset my gut. Sorbitol: it's dangerous stuff.

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10490 · August 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I'm waiting for the "CAVEMEN DIDN'T HAVE GUM" shoe to drop...

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150 · August 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I wonder if you could make a little pouch out of cheese cloth or something...Similar to chewing tobacco pouches, but...Extremely different ;-)

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150 · August 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Make sure that the place that you planted your mint is somewhere that you don't mind if it takes over...It is very invasive...Which might be great for your purposes, but just so that you know...And make sure that you let it go to seed if you're looking for lots and lots of mint ;-)

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5150 · August 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It works. I have mint growing and it packs more of a minty punch than you'd think.

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5006 · August 30, 2012 at 4:18 AM

It seems to be a personal preference as to which plant you wish to chew on :). Of couse I guess some n=1 to determine which leaf sticks in the teeth less perhaps would be in order . . .

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90 · August 30, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Would a parsley leaf be any better? :p lol I would definitely still have to brush my teeth after either I think

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90 · August 30, 2012 at 3:26 AM

This is a brilliant and logical solution, the only downside is the green leaf left on your teeth after having too many delicious pieces of mint! Lol that being said I have tried it a bit, never as a gum replacement though, so I can't comment on how my breath actually smells after words because I had never thought of asking people when I was eating mint (usually after gardening)

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2688 · August 30, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Well I chew the spearmint flavor and it works pretty good. Makes your teeth feel really smooth. They have a peppermint flavor I've never tried that might be more punchy.

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90 · August 30, 2012 at 3:10 AM

But does it pack the same freshness punch that your icebreakers and tridents do?

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10490 · 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 a longer period. Some people react more than others to artificial sweeteners, so do some N=1 experimentation to see how it works for you, if you really want to keep the gum going. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-b-dopart-ms-rd/artificial-sweetener_b_613684.html

That being said, no, I don't think it's really that awful of a cheat once in a while. I agree with the mint/parsley leaf suggestions. If you don't want to chew the leaves, get some of the culinary-grade essential oils (basil is nice, too!) and put a few drops to taste in a little cup of water and swish well before swallowing.

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90 · August 31, 2012 at 6:39 AM

I have noticed the response my body has to the artificial sugar, and the sweetness it gives off and then the subsequent desire for more sweets/ carbs that ensues afterwards. And that is why I am concerned about chewing it. The organic mint essential oil trick though is something I'll keep in mind though great idea thank you!

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19120 · August 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I've realized lately I have to lean towards FODMAPs eating, but I've always known something about the stuff in sugarfree gums really upset my gut. Sorbitol: it's dangerous stuff.

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5006 · August 30, 2012 at 3:36 AM

In addition to the mint leaves, parsley leaves are also a great alternative. As was mentioned above, a mint leave stuck in the teeth isn't the conversation starter you typically want to use.

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5006 · August 30, 2012 at 4:18 AM

It seems to be a personal preference as to which plant you wish to chew on :). Of couse I guess some n=1 to determine which leaf sticks in the teeth less perhaps would be in order . . .

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90 · August 30, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Would a parsley leaf be any better? :p lol I would definitely still have to brush my teeth after either I think

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150 · August 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I wonder if you could make a little pouch out of cheese cloth or something...Similar to chewing tobacco pouches, but...Extremely different ;-)

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6719 · August 30, 2012 at 3:14 AM

Why are you cheating on me with Xylitol? - Beef

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1925 · August 30, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Mint leaves seem to be the natural and logical alternative if you want to get all primal about it. Haven't tried this personally as I'm still waiting for my mint plant to grow some decent sized leaves (have a tendency to pre-maturely pick them because I love using mint in my cooking - salads especially!) You could pop a few in a zip lock bag & carry with you and just chew like a horse... and ta-da! no more mr sardine breath.

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5150 · August 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It works. I have mint growing and it packs more of a minty punch than you'd think.

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90 · August 30, 2012 at 3:26 AM

This is a brilliant and logical solution, the only downside is the green leaf left on your teeth after having too many delicious pieces of mint! Lol that being said I have tried it a bit, never as a gum replacement though, so I can't comment on how my breath actually smells after words because I had never thought of asking people when I was eating mint (usually after gardening)

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150 · August 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Make sure that the place that you planted your mint is somewhere that you don't mind if it takes over...It is very invasive...Which might be great for your purposes, but just so that you know...And make sure that you let it go to seed if you're looking for lots and lots of mint ;-)

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2688 · August 30, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Xylitol gum seems fairly innocuous. I get mine from www.epicdental.com

It's supposedly great for your teeth.

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90 · August 30, 2012 at 3:10 AM

But does it pack the same freshness punch that your icebreakers and tridents do?

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2688 · August 30, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Well I chew the spearmint flavor and it works pretty good. Makes your teeth feel really smooth. They have a peppermint flavor I've never tried that might be more punchy.

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5775 · August 31, 2012 at 2:45 AM

I've been a frequent sugarless gum chewer. One of my few vices I'd say. I've thrown back 1-2 packs in a day. Chew it consistently for a day or two and you will feel it with a little bloating and gas. I never noticed it a ton before but since getting my digestion to nearly perfect over the last year, I can notice the sugar alcohol side effects if I get enough of it.

I'd say a few pieces after a meal or to clear out bad breath from a meal is fine. Chewing it mindlessly or to curb hunger is where it can be trouble.

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276 · August 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

A drop of essential oil of oregano, or oil of peppermint. Or chew slowly on a whole clove; I love this but it has the same residue problem as a peppermint leaf. (I cheat too, with Extra gum, though I've cut way back.)

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2178 · August 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I've heard that the thin white powder that coats many types of gum contains wheat. If I were going to chew gum, I'd do some research into each brand's ingredients.

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480 · September 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Fennel seed are a fun chew, they have them in a little bowl near the door at alot of indian restaurants

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0 · February 18, 2013 at 3:17 AM

cheat gum 999999

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370 · August 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM

are you sure you're not just paranoid? just b/c yr body doesn't smell like an effing glade plug-in with a candycane on top doesn't mean it's BAD. If you actually have Bad Breath (not just garlic/onion which isn't really "bad", and can't be fixed with gum anyway) you have a Problem.

fennel seeds are a nice, portable, unleafy, mouth freshener. for those inclined to freshen.

imo gum, like smoking, is best left to teenagers.

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90 · August 31, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I am a teen.. :p 19 and a sophomore in college, that being said I will take fennel seeds into account and use those rather than gum! I'm also probably being paranoid, but clean fresh breath is something that is pleasant rather than non-minty breath, but like you said it's just a bad habit that I need to break

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17329 · August 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I do Glee Gum, which is made with sugar, but it's small chicklets so it's not a big deal. Better than the mix of aspertame, artificial flavor/color and other toxic crap that's in the conventional stuff. There is a xylitol version I think.

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