Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pur Gum: Product Review

Adam and the girls are avid gum chewers.  Me? Not so much.  I only like cinnamon flavour, and I only chew it on occasion if I can't brush my teeth and have just eaten something potentially odorous, I have a dry mouth, or am nauseous.

The rule in the house is sugar-free only, but the conventional brands all contain a host of undesirable chemicals.

Fortunately, a number of companies have started making sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol.  Xylitol is an all natural sugar alcohol.  It is less likely to cause intestinal discomfort than other sugar alcohols like maltitol, mannitol and sorbitol.  It has about 1/3 fewer calories than regular sugar, and chewing gum sweetened with xylitol has some health benefits including decreasing risk of ear infections and tooth decay.  Personally, I like erythritol even better because unlike the other sugar alcohols, it is calorie-free (and also does not usually cause intestinal distress).

So I have no problem letting the girls chew xylitol sweetened candies and gum.  Therefore, I was thrilled when Pur sent us a generous selection of their products to try.

The girls don't like straight-up mint gum very much, but they both really loved the Pomegranate Mint flavour.  Adam and I both thought it was a little hard to chew at the beginning (in general, Adam only likes stick gum and Pur is the Chicklet-type) but that the flavours are good.  Unfortunately, I found that the flavour disappeared within seconds.  But neither of the girls mentioned this and they seemed quite satisfied with it.

Overall, I would use it for a quick breath freshener in a pinch, but you may not like it if you are the type of person who wants to chew for a long time.

Dentists do sometimes recommend chewing sugar-free gum for people who are prone to tooth decay.  If your children fall into this group but you have not wanted to give them aspartame-sweetened gum, Pur may be the perfect option for you.