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1/29/08 3:54 P

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Someone once told me (not an expert) that the mint that you chew (or suck on - ie Altoids, etc.) actually CAUSES the 'bad taste' in your mouth to occur when you are done with it; thus, you want to get rid of it and chew more gum (or Altoids, etc.) I haven't tested this theory, but she said that as soon as she quit (and it took a while to get used to not having it) the 'bad taste' disappeared. Since I am not a gum-chewer, i don't know. Just a thought.

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1/29/08 3:28 P

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No Problem - there is always I mean ALWAAYS a solution to any problem! If you find a natural gum that you like be sure to let me know! emoticon

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1/29/08 3:16 P

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Thank you for the great info! You're right though, I should really just cut down....
I know mint tea is very good for getting rid of that bad taste... but there's only so much tea I can drink :)

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1/29/08 2:38 P

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I just posted this same problem yesterday! I chew gum all day, cuz I can't stand a bad taste in my mouth...I really don't feel comfortable with all the chemicals listed on the pack, but it doesn't seem to stop me from chewing. Good info!

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1/29/08 2:24 P

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I always look for a natural substitute - also cutting back if possible. here is what I found:

Glee Gum - Natural Chicle
And of course I had to find out what Chicle was so this is what I found:

Chicle: A major by-product of the sapodilla tree is the gummy latex called "chicle", containing 15% rubber and 38% resin. For many years it has been employed as the chief ingredient in chewing gum but it is now in some degree diluted or replaced by latex from other species and by synthetic gums.

Chicle is tasteless and harmless and is obtained by repeated tapping of wild and cultivated trees in Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala. It is coagulated by stirring over low fires, then poured into molds to form blocks for export. Processing consists of drying, melting, elimination of foreign matter, combining with other gums and resins, sweeteners and flavoring, then rolling into sheets and cutting into desired units.

The dried latex was chewed by the Mayas and was introduced into the United States by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana about 1866 while he was on Staten Island awaiting clearance to enter this country. He had a supply in his pocket for chewing and gave a piece to the son of Thomas Adams. The latter at first considered the possibility of using it to make dentures, then decided it was useful only as a masticatory. He found he could easily incorporate flavoring and thus soon launched the chicle-based chewing-gum industry. In 1930, at the peak of production, nearly 14,000,000 lbs (6,363,636 kg) of chicle were imported.

Efforts have been made to extract chicle from the leaves and unripe fruit but the yield is insufficient. It has been estimated that 3,200 leaves would be needed to produce one pound (0.4535 kg) of gum.

Among miscellaneous uses: the latex is employed as birdlime, as an adhesive in mending small articles in India; it has been utilized in dental surgery, and as a substitute for gutta percha. The Aztecs used it for modeling figurines.



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1/29/08 2:15 P

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Hi everybody, I'm D, I love clean foods, that's really all I eat... But I have one problem and that's my Gum Addiction, can anybody give me some advice? I know how bad all these sweeteners are such as aspartame etc... I always need to be chewing on something though... if I could just get past this obstacle... Thanks!

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