Chewing gum...and bloating

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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diangosed with UC in March/07.  My gastro doctor said that chewing gum is one of the worst things you can do when having UC.  It cause bloating and gas. 
Anyone with UC chew gum?  I use to be a big gum chewer, but have not a piece of gum since I got out of the hospital in April/07. 
I know this is a odd post *L* but I had to ask.  I know everyone is different with thier UC.

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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to chew gum. If I don't chew gum I chew my lips and they get raw. I don't think I ever had a problem with it while I was flaring. I wouldn't suggest swallowing it though :) Everyone is different, you're right. Maybe try it and if you feel icky don't do it again?
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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I chew gum all the time however I do limit it when my gut isn't feeling the greatest because I mainly chew sugarless gum. The artificial sweetners in the gum tends to aggravate my Uc a bit. But bloat? Nope, never.
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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a gumaholic. I agree with red though about the arti sweeteners in them. It's almost impossible to find gum without it. I was sitting in cvs one day and decided to look at all the gum ingredients while awaiting my sack-o-bottom-meds. Every single one had arti sweeteners, just under different names. I get some online sometimes (zapp) that has xylitol in it. Never caused me bloating or more than normal gas though.
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   Posted 12/9/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was 1st diagnosed with UC in 1980, my gastro advised me not to chew gum or indulge in hard candy because they cause a person to swallow more air, which leads to increased gas & cramping. I think that following that advice helped me a lot + also starved some mouth bacteria that would have attacked my teeth/gums. Since then I got used to carrying 8-10 oz. of bottled water with me to relieve any dry mouth problems resulting from UC meds. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks guys.  I am thinking that is more that the aspertane in the gum is what is doing it.  Since I don't drink any pop with aspertane due to is upset my stomach. 

Gotta look for the sugery gum (hubba bubba), the gum that when you were young, your mom hated you eating it *L* anyway.

Anyone suggest a brand that is particularly good for UC..none with the aspertane and such.

I was a big gum chewer and it is now finally bugging it an addiction.



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   Posted 12/9/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Switch to Spry does have Xylitol...much less problems than any of the other gums...which there are NO gums on the market that are just sugar except GLEE....and that stuff is crappy. Maybe some bubble gums...but I have no interest in them and they don't come in mint.

I've tried to convince Wrigley's to make sugar gums go.

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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd be avoiding gum that contains any sugar alcohols (anything ending in "tol", sorbitol, malitiol, xylitol, ect) those are known to bring on gas, bloating, cramps and even D even for healthy people this can happen. In general IBDers have to be cautious with artificial sweetners and sugar as well as sugar alcohols.

Never been a big gum chewer myself...when you chew gum you take in excess air that can cause bloating and gas too.

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