Recently, I have come across many people – and I mean many health conscious people – who chew gum. Why is that a problem? Well, my friends, I am sure it hasn’t dawned on most of you, so let me point out how terrible gum really is for you.
Most chewing gum contains aspartame. So, for those of you who do not ever drink diet soda or refrain from anything else that includes artificial sweeteners, you have either forgotten or do not consider that there might actually be something poisonous in your chewing gum.
“According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.”
I’m sorry, but I just had to bring this up. I’ve run into so many people of late that open up their bag and offer me a piece of chewing gum. I find myself pointing out to people over and over that they are doing everything else right and popping little sticks of poison in their mouth and chewing it for who knows how long. You would be better served to search out chewing gum with real sugar if you must chew gum. But ladies, might I point out here, that years and years of chewing gum, believe it or not, will strengthen your jaw muscles and will give you a little bit more of a square jaw – I’m just sayin’.
So, let’s keep our beautiful, oval shaped face and keep our health intact. Stay away from most chewing gums. I’m not so sure it looks so pretty anyway. If you need something to freshen your breath, chew on some parsley. I promise it will do wonders for your breath and provide some fantastic antioxidants – all at the same time.
By the way – still not sold at how atrocious aspartame is? Check out the documentary called Sweet Misery. That will sell you. Of course, right now, I’m getting visions of people walking around with bunches of parsley in their bag. Not sure how that’s going to work out. But – we’ll figure that out too!