First I Kicked Sugar
About ten years ago I drastically changed the way I eat. Even though I was active, ate what I thought was a reasonably healthy diet and for the most part got an adequate amount of sleep, I was constantly feeling tired and run down. There was no clear medical reason for it. I got a clean bill of health from my doctor. But I just felt crappy. So I decided to make some changes and see if I could get out of this slump. There were two big changes I made – First, I started to get more picky about the carbs I was taking in. To be clear, I am not anti carbs, but I realized I was probably consuming more (like most of us) than the average person really needs and I could be more selective about which carbs I did eat. Second (and this fits hand in hand with carbs), I drastically reduced the amount of sugar I take in. These two things literally changed my life. Within weeks of changing my eating habits my energy levels soared. I was not longer feeling tired and sluggish. For the first time in a long time I felt great. And I’ve never looked back.
One of the biggest dilemmas about living a nearly sugar free lifestyle is choosing suitable alternatives. These days there are tons of options out there but trying to figure out which ones to go for can be a challenge. Everyone has an opinion, and many of them are more than eager to share it with you. It’s very common for me to mention that I mostly avoid sugar and receive a lecture from a, usually, well intentioned person about the dangers of artificial sweeteners. Now I am a firm believer in “most things in moderation” and am not the least bit afraid of intaking the occasional dose of artificial sweetener. But, since I eat sugar free, but also enjoy sweet treats, I am a more than occasional user of non sugar sweeteners.
A Better Kind of Sweetener
More and more we have options when it comes to sugar substitutes. There are now a pretty decent selection of natural sweeteners on the market. Unfortunately they don’t all taste that great. Of course it’s all a matter of personal preference but I do find some of them to be quite bitter and/or leave a bad aftertaste. That’s not what I want in a sweetener. This is why I tend to looks for sugar free items that are sweetened with sugar alcohols – like xylitol.
What is xylitol?
Xylitol is an all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables looks and tastes like sugar. It’s good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and has the same sweetness as sugar, making it the ideal natural sugar replacement.
Some of the health benefits of xylitol:
- It does not cause a spike in blood sugar
- Not only does it not promote tooth decay it can actually reverse some of the damaging effects of sugar on your teeth
- It inhibits plaque formation and prevents tooth decay by 80%
- Because xylitol inhibits the growth of bad bacteria associated with declining oral health it also is awesome at fighting bad breath
Xylitol is approved for use by (among many others):
* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
* Health Canada
* The World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives
* American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
* The European Union’s Scientific Committee for Food
* The California Dental Association
* Calorie Control Council
PÜR Gum – A Better Option
Have you tried Pür Gum yet? It is the number 1 selling aspartame-free gum in North America.
Not only is Pür Gum sugar and aspartame free (sweetened with xylitol) making it diabetic friendly it’s also:
- Nut Gree
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Contains no GMOs
That covers a pretty big range of dietary concerns. And it tastes great! Pür gum comes in four mouther watering flavours – Peppermint, Wintergreen, Spearmint and Pomegranate Mint.
The Big Question – Is it Any Good?
I received a package of each variety to sample and I’ve been happily doing just that for a few weeks now. One of the things I love about this gum, and this might sound a bit odd, is that it chews like gum! I find a lot of the gum on the market today chews nice for a little while and then kind of breaks down into a disgusting “not gum like” texture. I can chew a piece of Pür Gum for quite a long time and that never happens – it just keeps on being, well, chewy! When you first bite into a piece of Pür Gum you are not going to be hit with a big “flavour blast”. Is that disappointing? For me – not at all. Because when you buy gums that do smack you in the face with flavour you usually find that 10 minutes later you are pretty much chewing on something that resembles a wad of tasteless paper. With this gum the flavour, although not as intense as some other gum, actually sticks around. That’s a win to me. What’s my favorite flavour? Well my favorite when it comes to gum or mints is, and will always be, spearmint. I liked each of the varieties of Pür Gum and although spearmint will always be at the top of my list I would gladly chew any of these flavours.
Interested in trying Pür Gum for yourself. Well it’s available in over 10,000 locations in 20 countries around the world! When I did a where to buy search I found it in 8 different locations in my city, and I don’t live in a particularly big city so I’d say it’s pretty easy to find! But I am also thrilled to be able to give a nice big prize pack of Pür Gum away to one lucky reader!
The prize package includes:
- 1 PÜR Gum bulk-sized bag of Pomegranate Mint flavor (60 pieces of gum)
- 1 PÜR Gum bulk-sized bag of Spearmint flavor (60 pieces of gum)
- 1 PÜR Gum bulk-sized bag of Peppermint flavor (60 pieces of gum)
- 1 PÜR Gum bulk-sized bag of Wintergreen flavor (60 pieces of gum)
- AND a reusable PÜR Gum bag
That’s a lot of gum!
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Disclosure: Mommy Outside received product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.