Chewing gum with xylitol is great for dental health. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that does not convert to acid upon breakdown. In this piece for the New York Times, Dr. Emanuel suggests schools should promote chewing gum- have a gum chewing session perhaps? I had this article on my read feed and didn’t realize Dr. Zeke Emanuel had written it (I’d gone to hear him speak weeks earlier).
My mom sent me a care package from Korea with this gum inside and it was the most delicious and moisturizing (does this word apply to gum?) gum I’d ever had. Plus the tin case is too cute.
In Korea, we always had one of these Xylitol gum (advertised with dancing Finnish men) in our cars (picture). I remember exactly what these tasted like! For a while this was the only gum anyone ever chewed.
I don’t like when gum gets flavorless or hard. Sometimes I’ll sit at my desk and go through an entire pack of gum in one study session. If I am chewing gum with added xylitol, at least I’m doing great things for my teeth.
Do you prefer gum or mint?