I recently received an order of Uncle Lee’s organic green tea from LuckyVitamin.com. This order included four free twelve count packs of Spry’s one hundred percent Xylitol natural chewing gum. This gum is GMO, gluten, and sugar free.
No artificial sweeteners are used either. However, after chewing one piece of Spry natural cinnamon gum, I received a lesion in upper right part of my mouth. Perhaps this is a coincident perhaps not.
Each packet of gum lists Xylitol, gum base, natural oil, vegetable glycerin, gum Arabic, sunflower lecithin, and carnauba wax. These pieces of gum taste OK for awhile then flavor disappears. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol present in small concentrations in fruits and vegetables.
Gum base is not necessarily natural. As a matter of fact, the United States Food and Drug Administration allows forty six different chemicals in this substance. Many of these chemicals are trade secrets.
Each flavor of gum includes that flavor in an oil form. For example a piece of Xylitol cinnamon gum includes cinnamon oil. Many times gum oil includes olive oil.
Olive oil is combined with cinnamon. This mixture is then heated. Vegetable glycerin is a sweet tasting non toxin. Generally, this substance comes from animal and plant triglycerides.
In Xylitol gum glycerin is an additive. Gum Arabic is a natural gum found in acacia trees. In chewing gum it is used as a thickener.
This substance is used in a slew of household products not placed in your mouth. Sunflower lecithin is a natural fat found in sunflower seeds. This natural fat can be found in organic form.
However, often times it is heavily processed when used in commercial products. Carnauba wax comes from palm trees. This wax is often times refined and bleached when used commercially.