‘Cuz I’m (Not) Sweet Enough
Something IC folk should steer clear of is aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. As an avid gum chewer I wondered if this might be a challenge. As I did research I learned that even gums that are not “sugar free” can contain amounts of artificial sweetener. Then I found Glee Gum.
Only a handful of stores in Vancouver carry it – Capers being one of them.
So, on Sunday I travelled down Fourth and got me some Glee Peppermint and Glee Cinnamon gum. I popped a piece of the mint into my mouth and was immediately transported back to my childhood when it was the norm for chewing gum to be made with sugar. I had forgotten how different the texture is from sugar-free gum; tougher, and more resistant to chewing. I haven’t chewed gum since Sunday.
Not disappointed with it, just not used to it…yet. There is another natural option: xylitol. But after coming upon this, I decided to stick with good, old-fashioned-sweetened-with-sugar-gum, though I’ll probably chew less.
Losing interest in gum-chewing is probably not a bad thing – I’m sure it’s contributing to the huge ridges I’m grinding into my teeth at night while I sleep. I’ll just have to find another obsessive habit to adopt, like tapping my finger on the table or shaking my leg. 🙂