When it comes to clean and chemical-free living, it’s unlikely that chewing gum is taken into consideration. Gum might be small and is not ingested, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Here are a few reasons to consider natural chewing gum.
No Toxic Chemicals
Standard chewing gum is filled with known carcinogens, neurotoxins, and chemicals approved by the FDA—but banned in many other countries. As you chew gum these toxic chemicals are released into your body and bloodstream. If you make the switch to a natural gum you remove these risks.
Natural Medicinal Properties
Natural gum is made from tree resin which has been chewed for over 9,000 years for its medicinal properties. Resin is packed full of antioxidants and is known to heal mouth sores, minimize oral bacteria, and reduce risk for cavities. Store bought gum on the other hand contains sugar and chemicals that can increase your risk for cavities.
Truly Freshen Your Breath
One of the top reasons to chew gum is to freshen your breath. Most gum is made from chemically-derived mint flavoring that masks your bad breath, but doesn’t actually cure it. However, natural gum with pure mint extracts will truly freshen your breath—and curb nicotine cravings.
All that being said, your green living goals don’t have to be 100 percent. Most people aim for somewhere around 90 percent, so chewing gum is part of your 10 percent. It’s just important to be informed.