The ritual of chewing a good piece of gum is enough, for some, to take a bite out of the work day, put that extra pop into a workout routine, or curb that nasty cigarette habit picked up from college days.

Chewing gum these days, however, can expose you to hundreds of odd synthetic ingredients and chemicals including aspartame, Acesulfame K, and butylated hydroxytoluene. Yikes.

To keep your bubble from bursting, several healthy alternatives to the standard stick of doublemint are making their way to the market. These all-natural chewing gums are made without artificial preservatives and flavors and can be found online or at a variety of health food stores such as Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.

Simply Gum

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It can’t be much more descriptive than the appropriately named, “Simply Gum.” This chewing gum, along with Peppersmith in the UK, is the only other synthetic-free gum base out there. It is made with six all-natural ingredients, making it a great option for all those minimalists out there.

Made from the gum of the sapodilla tree, the base of Simply Gum is a healthy alternative to the synthetic base of so many other non-natural gums on the market. Lightly sweetened by pure dried organic cane juice, the simplicity of this sweetener will be a relief from those chemically altered artificial tastes. Without a doubt this great natural chewing gum will leave your mouth feeling simply fabulous.

Peppersmith

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Harvested from the sap of the sapodilla tree in Central America, Peppersmith gum products avoid the use of petroleum based or synthetic bases. The gum, made in the UK, is sweetened with xylitol from beech trees and is accredited by the British and International Dental Health Foundations for being good for teeth.

Made from real mint extract and naturally tapped chicle, Peppersmith sticks to more traditional flavors, including fine-English spearmint, fine-English peppermint, and lemon and peppermint. As basic as these flavors are, a wild flavor is about to enter the mix- fish and chips. The gum hasn’t been released to the market yet…so will have to wait and see if food flavors will be able to stick. The gum can be purchased online.

Pur Gum

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“Kick Aspartame” is the slogan for this top selling aspartame-free gum. This Swiss gum, sweetened with xylitol, is able to take full advantage of naturally found flavors without the need for the test tube or Bunsen burner of a chemistry lab. Pur Gum promotes healthy oral hygiene while remaining vegan, gluten-free, GMO corn syrup-free, and diabetic friendly. Wintergreen, Spearmint, Peppermint and the unique Pomegranate Mint flavors of this gum will certainly be able to make a splash with your taste buds. Available in over 7500 locations worldwide, the chiclet-esque packet of this great gum can be found in stores around the world.

At Cenegenics Boston, we are passionate about empowering our patients with the knowledge they need in order to be successful on their journey to health and wellness. Thus, along with offering services such as heart disease testing, exercise programs, and nutrition plans, we also write about healthy alternatives to some of the most common “junk” foods and beverages available to us today.

Hopefully this post has given you something to chew on!

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