Chewing Gum Gets Healthy and Local


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When it comes to creating new healthy eco products, chewing gum isn't the first thing that springs to mind or mouth. But if you are going to do it, just do it well. So welcome to the world of Peppersmith gum, a chewing gum made out of natural chicle and fine english peppermint.

There are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, and no aspartame and no petro-chemical bases in the gum. There are no sweeteners--they use wood sugar and mint grown in Hampshire.

The business was started last year by two friends, Mike and Dan who used to work at Innocent drinks. They say " because we're independent we can do things a little differently and plan for the future instead of just looking for short-term gain."

Their ingredients are natural and healthy.

The mint is from a farm in Hampshire. It is harvested and distilled there.

The chicle is sustainably sourced from Central America from the Rainforest regions of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. The gum is tapped from the indigenous Sapodilla tree (Manilkara Zapota) by cooperatives of the native chicleros.

The sugar is wood sugar, called Xylitol and is naturally produced. It was first made from Finnish birch trees in the early 1900s. It's good for your teeth (even the British Dental Health Foundation agrees) and cuts cavities. It also has less calories than real sugar, helps reduce the formation of plaque and aids in repairing damaged tooth enamel.

The packaging is made from paper, using no plastic, foil, no tins. It is from FSC accredited materials as are the little pieces of disposable papers that they put in for wrapping up the ABC (already been chewed) gum.

If you want to chew gum, this sounds like the most pleasant way to do it.

Tags: Diet | Farming | Food Miles | Food Safety | Local Food

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