- Paul Davidson
Gum Smack-Talking: The Interview
Earlier today you may have noticed a comment on an older WFME post called “Building a Better Piece of Gum”. The post in question wondered aloud about the size and taste coefficient of gum and the comment received was this:
Trident and Orbitz and Wrigleys and tons of companys put artificial sweeteners in their gum.. These artificial sweeteners cause many symptoms…Aspartame causes 92 known symptoms and i’m sure the other artificial sweetners out there cause just as many. I’d advise you to get off those brands of gum..oh and BubbleTape. OK well I hope you guys are smart enough to get off it.”
We here at WFME were so fascinated with our newfound friend and her comments that we decided to interview her in depth about her thoughts on gum. Those thoughts, reprinted word for word, follow…
1. What is your name?
My name is Alicia and I have done research on gum. Unfortunately what I found wasn’t very pleasing. I realized that in many brands of gum contain artificial sweeteners!!
2. You seem to know a lot about gum – can you tell my readers where your knowledge comes from?
“I have researched many sites, but not specifically on gum. Instead I researched on Diet Coke and artificial sweeteners. I found out that the most common artificial sweeteners are Aspartame and Sucralose. These are only two out of many artificial sweeteners. These are in gums also. Aspartame is in Trident, Bubble Tape, Orbitz, Wrigleys and many other brands of gum. I used to love Wrigleys Big Red and Winterfresh till I realized I was addicted! I looked at the ingredients and saw aspartame. Many of my friends chew Trident gum, when I tried to tell them it contains aspartame they just shrugged and kept on chewing it.
Now I guess your wondering what is Aspartame? It is like I said, and artificial sweetener. Aspartame is a toxin. Yes, thatâ€šs what I said, a toxin. It breaks down in your system into three types of toxins. Formaldehyde, Methanol, and Aspartic Acid are all broke down in your system. Aspartame breakdown products attack the body’s tissues and create Formaldehyde which builds up in your tissues forever and is what preserved those frogs you dissected in school. Methanol is and alcohol that makes you blind. Aspartic Acid is an “excitotoxin” in the brain and excites the neurons to death. It damages and kills the brain cells. Russell L. Blaylock, MD wrote a book called Excitoxins: The Taste that Kills. He goes over on what it does to the brain. Dr. H.J. Roberts created a few books on Aspartame as well one called Aspartame Nutrasweet is It Safe. Dr. H.J. Roberts has even talked to former President Bill Clinton about aspartame and Diet Coke before President Bill Clinton had to undergo quadruple bypass surgery to remove a blockage in his heart. It is uncertain that aspartame was the cause to this but I am sure it didnâ€št help. Former President Bill Clinton was addicted to Diet Coke which contains aspartame.”
3. Do you have a gum that you would recommend to my readers? Something that is safe?
“The only gum that I have found that didn’t contain an artificial sweetener was at Office Depot where they have the candy in the check out lane. It was the Original Bazooka Bubblegum another bubblegum is the Original Dubble-Bubble.”
4. Do you believe that the corporations creating such harmful gum are doing it on purpose much like the tobacco companies?
It’s all about the money with companies. Aspartame is cheaper than sugar because it is artificial. Instead with pure sugar you have pay for it and have it shipped. It is still a wonder why the FDA approved the sweetener. The FDA has been approving things it shouldnâ€št have approved. You canâ€št trust big businesses because they just want the money. So you can’t trust anyone really. People believe that Aspartame (artificial sweeteners) is safe because the FDA approved it, but it isn’t safe. Not a bit!”
5. Can you tell me something that most people donâ€™t know about gum that is surprising?
“Pilots aren’t allowed to chew artificial sweetened gum before or during flying or it causes blackouts. That’s another reason to stay away from it. I haven’t had a real horrific experience with gum but I have encountered it. The gum from Starbucks contains aspartame fortunately I looked I the ingredients and threw it away before I became addicted to it. I encountered AcesulfameË†K while drinking a Gatorade Product called Propel. It was horribly sweet and tasted nasty. I looked at the ingredients it said Acesulfame PotassiumË†K (also known as AcesulfameË†K) I had to drain all of the bottles. A few of my friends are addicted to Propel.”
6. Anything else youâ€™d like to say?
“I’d like to add if your on a diet or your diabetic, use a natural sweetener called Stevia, it may seem a bit bitter but if you are staying away from sugar that’s what to use. Or just use sugar alcohols. I am currently doing research on sugar alcohols. It causes few symptoms, but try it for a while and see what happens. Stay away from Aspartame (Equal), Acesulfame-K, Saccharin (Sweet-N-Low), Neotame, Xylitol, Sucralose (Splenda) and other artificial sweeteners. Just stick to sugar!”
Thank you, Alicia. It’s obvious that us dumbasses don’t know nearly as much as you do!