Buying chewing gum isn’t complicated. But, if you want to make the most out of your next purchase, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for:
An ADA Seal of Acceptance
When you see an ADA seal of acceptance, you know that the product has been evaluated for safety and that its claims are backed by research.
That doesn’t mean that other gum products aren’t safe to chew, but seeing an ADA seal adds a level of assurance.
Chewing gum can have a lot of benefits and can even help prevent cavities when chewed after a meal. But that is only true if it is sugar free. In fact, it will have the opposite effect if it has sugar.
What is really interesting is how sugar free gum still manages to taste good.
How is that?
What these gums use instead is sugar derivatives, such as sugar alcohols. These are still sweet but they can’t be digested as easily by the bacteria in our mouth. Which means they have less of a chance of causing tooth decay.
Speaking of sugar alcohols, xylitol is an ingredient you want to see in your sugar free gum.
Compared to the other sugar alcohols, xylitol is probably the best sugar derivative you will find.
Unlike other sugar alcohols, which are less likely to cause cavities, research has shown that xylitol can actually prevent cavities.
You won’t be missing out on any sweetness either. Xylitol has the same amount of sweetness as normal sugars and has no bitter aftertaste.
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