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Interesting Information:  March 27, 2013

Chewing Gum Disaster

I love chewing gum.

Always have.

I probably got that love from my mother.  She used to read in bed at night, and you could always tell how excited the book was by the speed with which she popped the gum in her mouth.

Gum today has some exciting flavors and names, like Wrigley’s “Rain…a tingling spearmint.”  And the packages are colorful and beg to be picked up and chewed.

The other day, though, I noticed that “Rain” had a warning on the cellophane wrapper (NOT on the actual box) that the package contained a chemical called phenylalanine.  Hmmmm.  What is that?

That’s when I looked closer at the label.

Aspartame.  Soy Lecithin.  Sorbitol.  Natural and artificial flavors.

Where was the plain old sugar?

This was not a sugarless gum…

OK.  I’ll just get Juicy Fruit or one of the “normal” older gums.



I had to go to a health food store to get a plain old gum with plain old sugar.

Aspartame is a neurotoxin.  Dr. Russel Blaylock calls it an excitotoxin and puts it right alongside MSG.  Blaylock claims excitotoxins promote cancer growth and the metastasis of cancer cells.  He cites a life time Italian study that links leukemia and aspartame.  The internet is full of testimonials from people whose health issues had reduced them to wheelchairs and who stopped drinking diet drinks filled with aspartame and who got their health back.  Military pilots are cautioned not to use it before flying planes.

I wrote about the history of aspartame and how it got FDA approval and what it does to humans in Tipping Points 19 and 20.  It’s another shoddy, terrible tale of regulatory agencies bought off by industry and of a total disregard for science or for the health of humans.  Aspartame has NEVER BEEN SHOWN TO BE SAFE.  There is plenty of information showing that IT IS DANGEROUS.

ALL the gum in the stores…

And what about phenylalanine?  In its natural form, it’s an amino acid that shows up in places like breast milk.  It can really harm people who can’t process it.  There have been enough of those folks that the gum is labeled for it.  The pheylalanine is gum has got to be a synthetic chemical brew, so who knows what effect it has on us.  Phenylalanine is reputed to be an analgesic and an antidepressant, so it kills pain and makes you feel happy.  The FDA allows it in foods as an additive and as a NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT, which just shows you how far gone our food system is now.   So, the chewing gum industry is using it because it’s addictive and can kill pain, aren’t they?

And what’s soy lecithin doing in gum???


Chemical brews, not real food.

Don’t buy it.  Don’t chew it.  Understand what’s gone so terribly wrong with our food system.

Written by louisaenright

March 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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  4. I really like your blog and agree with most of what you have to say, but this post bugs me. There’s no reason to criticize phenylalanine.

    Phenylalanine is one of the nine essential amino acids – amino acids that are necessary for a healthy life but that our bodies cannot produce. As such they must be obtained through diet or supplementation. It’s not an addictive euphoric painkiller. l-phenylalanine is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine and d-phenylalanine is a precursor for endorphins. Both are essential to life.

    Phenylalanine itself is not in the chewing gum. It’s a component of aspartame. That is, chemists took natural phenylalanine and did a whole bunch of unnatural stuff to it to create aspartame.

    The warning on the gum is the standard warning on everything that contains aspartame, and it’s there because people with a rare genetic condition (PKU) don’t have the enzyme necessary to break down phenylalanine. Those people require a low-phenylalanine diet and medications to help break down the phenylalanine that is necessary in their diet.

    You could buy phenylalanine at the same health food store you had to go to find gum without artificial sweeteners. 🙂

    Keep up the good work with the blog, I love it!



    August 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    • Thanks for your input Dan. I stand by my take, though, that Aspartame is not something I’m going to eat/chew. Sounds like phenylalanine is ok. I suppose one would have to consider how much of it is ok??? Aspartame, though, not for me.


      August 14, 2019 at 8:44 am

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