Okay, I'm on a tangent this evening so hang in there. As some of you may be aware I'm a little particular about the diet of the HubbaDoo household. I'm big on organics and nutrition. I'm also particular about my family coming into contact with toxic substances. For some time now, since about 1998, I quit consuming products containing aspartame - especially during my pregnancy with HubbaDood (child #1). Since then, I have become more aware of information about this particular substance that strengthens my issues.
The reason for my tangent is my recent awareness of this substance being found in products not labeled as "sugar free". For example, the HubbaDoodles really, really, like gum. I told them they could have this Hubba Bubble bubble tape a few weeks ago while we were out and about (even though I can't stand letting them have yucky sugar). I just happened to read the label which I'm in such a habit to do because of HubbaDood's peanut allergy and noticed it had ASPARTAME in it. I then turned it over and didn't see anywhere on the label mentioning that it was "sugar free". I had to turn the HubbaDoodles down on that one - sorry kids.
So, this afternoon as I'm heading out the door for a bridal shower The Hubbs hinted that I might want to pop a piece of gum in my mouth before leaving - I'm guessing it was the onions on the hamburger from lunch. Well, he happens to have a couple of pieces of Juicy Fruit on hand and you can't get gum out without everyone wanting a piece. I'm thinking "Juicy Fruit - no harm." Well, me and HubbaDette split a piece and head to the van. While I'm chewing I could tell that it tasted like sugar free gum and I thought "no way - it's Juicy Fruit".
Okay, I'm trying to get to the end of this. This evening I happened to see the package of gum on the dresser and decided to read the label just out of curiosity and what did I find? YES! ASPARTAME in my Juicy Fruit gum! What is the world coming to?! The package does NOT say "sugar free" anywhere on it. Well, I headed straight down the steps and searched from Wrigley's gum on Google and e-mailed them asking why this was in the ingredients. One thing I did find out is that Wrigley's makes both Hubba Bubba and Juicy Fruit.
You guys probably think I'm a little weird about this and I guess you'll just have to think that. But, do a little research and read for yourself. Here's a list I found of side effects of aspartame toxicity.
I prefer the HubbaDoodles chew Glee gum which I usually find at Whole Foods Market. It's kind of pricey but any treat should be treated as a luxury and therefore not used up in a matter of minutes. In my opinion, that is.