Say Goodbye to Gum and Hello to Altoids

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Do you or your children chew gum?  You might want to take a closer look and think about making a change.


The real reason you should make the switch to Altoids over traditional gum can be found in the ingredients. In this example we look at the ingredients of Altoids Mints compared to Trident Gum (4 of 5 Dentists recommend it!)

Trident – Original Flavor

Ingredients: Sorbitol, Gum Base, Xylitol, Clycerin, Natural and Artificial Flavoring, Manintol, Acesulfame Potassium, Aspartame, BHT, Soy Lecithin and Suracralose


Ingredients: Sugar, Gum Arabic, Oil of Peppermint, Gelatin

The first thing that should jump out to you is the number of ingredients. Altoids has four, Trident has eleven. Two of the ingredients in Trident raise a red flag right away. Those being Aspartame and BHT. Here’s a little about those:

Aspartame: Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. To see some of 90 documented symptoms caused by Aspartame, click here.

BHT: BHT is being investigated for it’s ability to damage genetic material. In addition, research has shown that this compound can rupture and damage red blood cells as well as stimulate symptoms of chemical sensitivity.

Wow, those sound like some great ingredients I want myself or my kids having.  Maybe that one dentist who didn’t recommend Trident was on to something? It’s not just Trident that has Aspartame, most gums do too, as well as Diet Sodas.

So, the next time you go to reach for the pack of gum at the store, reach for a tin of Altoids instead.

BONUS:  Get creative and recycle your old Altoid tins.  Make a candle, a first aid kit and more.  Get more tin ideas here.


Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to a 12 & 14-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants, and enjoy life as best as he can.

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