Do anyone have any good suggestion of gum, or suitable alternative, that isn't based on xylitol or other sweeteners?
I really like to chew something at the end of a meal for 20 minutes or so to stimulate some extra saliva, and let the jaws work alittle'. (This isn't relevant when im devouring a lamb-rack for dinner though.) I enjoy it and find that it helps somewhat with digestion and satiety.
Regular chewing/"dental" gum does not cut it anymore though. Do not want to have that food item in my mouth, and if even if I was to make a exception, I just cant stomach the sweetness of it anymore. (Tried a piece just yesterday)
Any suggestion? Totally tasteless is a plus, maybe some sort of suitable rubber? Something else?
You could try a toothpick. ;)
But in all seriousness, here's an answer.
Chewing gum comes from chicle:
Chicle (pronounced like tickle) is the natural gum from Manilkara chicle, which is a tropical evergreen tree native to Central America. The tree ranges from Veracruz in Mexico south to Atlántico in Colombia. It was traditionally used in chewing gum. While the Wrigley Company was a prominent user of this material, today there are only a few companies that still make chewing gum from natural chicle. This is because by the 1960s chicle was replaced by butadiene-based synthetic rubber which was cheaper to manufacture.
You can buy your own chicle here (or find your own source) and just chew that. Or you could try your hand at making your own! Obviously omit the sweeteners and corn syrup. Add peppermint extract or nothing at all!
In Europe (Finland, southern Sweden, southern Germany) archaeologists have found "chewing gum" with teeth marks that were 5000-9000 years old. They consisted of birch resin.
That is also interesting because birch bark contains Xylitol. Xylitol has been used for many years in Finland to sweeten chewing gum because it improves dental health significantly.
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