I wanted to find a natural, aspartame free xylitol chewing gum because I chew a lot of gum and do not like artificial flavors or colors, artificial preservatives nor artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose. I like to chew sugar free gum after meals because it is good for your teeth, good for digestion, helps you focus on mental tasks (so says Dr. Oz) and it gives me a sweet ending to a meal that I crave, instead of dessert, without a lot of calories. So I did some research and comparisons on xylitol gum and here is what I found.
Brands of Xylitol Gum
There are lots of gum brands that contain xylitol, some of which are all-natural and contain only 100% xylitol as the sweetener while others contain xylitol and other sweeteners such as mannitol, asparatame and sucralose, like the Trident brand. I wanted gum that just contains xylitol and is all natural. There are also xylitol gums that contain 100% xylitol as the sweetener, but aren’t necessarily all natural. If I have a choice of all-natural or artificial xylitol gum, I’m going to choose all-natural of course.
Xylichew vs Spry Xylitol Gum
Two of the most popular xylitol gums that I came across are Xclear Spry and Xylichew. I mostly have liked mint-flavored gums mostly because I cannot find a sugar free fruit-flavored gum I like. But since I never tried a fruit-flavored xylitol only sweetened gum, I decided to try it first over mint. I chose Fruit Xylichew over Fresh Fruit Spry or Epic Xylitol Fruit-Flavor primarily because they both use artificial flavors in the fruit version which kind of defeats part of the reason why I wanted to switch to a xylitol gum. On a side note, I see that peppermint flavored gum versions from both companies use only natural flavors, but I still probably won’t try them since they are made in China (a food-safety issue more so than any other reason). There is also B-Fresh gum which is all natural, 100% xylitol, kosher, vegan, gluten and soy free and also gives 100% of recommended daily allowance (RDI) of vitamin B12 (hence the name B-Fresh). I have also recently tried Sugar-Free Glee Gum which is made in the USA.
Comparison of Peppermint flavored Spry, Xylichew, Epic Dental and B-Fresh Spearmint Xylitol Gum
- Ingredients: Xylitol, gum base, peppermint oil (natural flavor), vegetable glycerin (humectant), gum Arabic (texturizer), non-GMO soy lecithin (emulsifier) and beeswax (glazing agent).
- Amount of xylitol per piece of gum: .72 grams
- Calories in 1 piece of gum: 1.7 Piece weight size (for comparison to others): 1.08 g
- Retail Price: $8.95/100 pieces
- Made in China
- Xclear Spry fruit gum had artificial banana and pineapple flavorings.
- Ingredients: Sweeteners (xylitol 70% weight), gum base (i.e. original latex from sapodilla tree), natural flavor, gum arabic, lecithin, glycerin, beeswax, carnauba wax.
- Amount of xylitol per piece of gum: .77 grams
- Calories in 1 piece of gum: 1.3 Weight/piece: 0.6 g
- Wheat, gluten, and corn free.
- Price: $10.49/100 pieces
- Product of Findland
I choose the fruit flavored Xylichew which had all natural flavorings as opposed to Spry’s fruit flavored xylitol gum. Edit: I also recently tried Xylichew’s peppermint gum which I think the flavor lasts a little longer than the fruit-flavored.
B-Fresh does not have a peppermint gum so here are the ingredients for their spearmint gum:
- Ingredients: Xylitol, gum base, natural spearmint flavor, vitamin B12, gum arabic, carnuba wax, calcium citrate, calcium gluconate.
- Amount of xylitol per piece of gum: .88 grams
- Calories in 1 piece of gum: 2.5 Weight/piece: 1.25 g
- $12.95/100 pieces
- Kosher, vegan, gluten and soy free
- Made in USA
- B-Fresh fruit flavored gum had natural fruit flavors like mandarin, lemon, orange and grapefruit.
- Ingredients: Xylitol, gum base, natural flavors, lecithin, gum arabic, titanium dioxide, carnuba wax
- Amount of xylitol per piece of gum: 1.06 grams
- Calories in 1 piece of gum: 2.4 Weight/piece: 1.5 g
- $4.99/50 pieces
- Gluten free
- Made in China, packaged in the USA
- Epic Dental’s fruit flavored gum had artificial flavors.
I accidentally ordered the fruit flavored, missing the fact that it has artificial flavors. I won’t order it again. The flavor is okay upfront, but doesn’t last long at all and I have preferred the texture of Xylichew more so anyway. The other thing is I somehow thought Epic was made in the USA, but it’s not. It’s made in China. When you go to Epic’s “About” page on their website, it doesn’t say anything about their products being made in China. They talk about being a small company based in Utah, so I made the assumption that their products were made in Utah as well. In fact, when you go to a product detail page it still doesn’t mention anything about made in China. It’s on the bottle label, but not in the description or photos.
Ingredients: Xylitol, gum base (contains natural chicle – for rainforest conservation), gum arabic, glycerine, natural flavor (peppermint), sunflower lecithin, resinous glaze, beeswax, carnuba wax and titanium dioxide.
- Amount of xylitol per piece of gum: 0.8 grams
- Calories in 1 piece of gum: 1.25 Weight/piece: 2.5
- $11.45 for 12-Pack of 16 pieces/pack (192 pieces)
- GMO free, aspartame free, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
- Sweetened with 100% xylitol
- Made in the USA
The serving size of glee gum is 2 pieces, so one piece is only 1.25 grams which is on the smaller size compared to some of the others. I like that it is all natural, although the peppermint does have the added titanium dioxide to whiten it. The lemon-lime flavor, on the other hand, does not. For coloring they have added beta carotene and chlorophyll – nice move instead of using Yellow #5! Glee Gum is also made in the United States and the xylitol and all the ingredients are NOT sourced from China.
For a comparison of gum that contains xylitol, but other artificial ingredients, here is the list on a pack of Trident Original Flavor gum:
Ingredients: Sorbitol, gum base, xylitol, glycerin, natural and artificial flavoring, mannitol, less than 2% of acesulfame potassium, asparatame, BHT (to maintain freshness), soy lecithin and sucralose. The package lists it has less than five calories per stick of gum and 1g of sugar alcohol. Price varies, but for this pack of 18 sticks it was $1.06.
There are other brands of xylitol gum out there, these are just a few of the more popular ones that are readily available for purchase online and in some health food stores.
What is Xylitol?
I never knew xylitol was natural until I did some digging around the web. The word xylitol comes from the Greek word for wood, “xyl” and the suffix “itol” for sugar alcohol It is a natural sweetener derived from various fruit and vegetable fibers. It’s about as sweet as sugar (sucrose), but without as many calories – 40% fewer and 75% fewer carbs. It also is metabolized slower by your body than regular sugar (has a low glycemic index – 7 vs 83 for table sugar) which means it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar; an especially good benefit for diabetics. Xylitol cannot be digested by acid producing bacteria, the ph level in your mouth is kept neutral and the bacteria will not stick to the surface of your teeth and cause cavities. Xylitol will actually repair damage of your enamel by keeping the acid down.
Xylitol Gum Benefits
- Natural Ingredients (most brands and flavors, but not all so you need to check the ingredient list)
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Low glycemic index: 7 (regular white sugar or sucrose has an index of 83)
Xylitol Gum Cons
There are only two cons I have found so far to xylitol gum. It is a little more expensive than other sugar-free gums. Approximately $4 more for 100 pieces as compared to 100 sticks of Trident, for example. But, with many things in life, you get what you pay for and in this case I think paying a little extra for healthier ingredients which I eat everyday is worth the money. The only other con is that some may find that the gum loses flavor faster than other gums sweetened with artificial sweeteners, but I don’t seem to mind. The texture is nice for chewing and there is a subtle flavor that lasts which I find enjoyable.
Warning to Dog Owners – Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs!
Where To Purchase Xylitol Gum
Xylitol gum is typically not found in your regular grocery stores. I have found some at specialty stores, but they are usually more expensive than online prices. The best prices I have found for most of the xylitol gums are at Amazon:
Why do you want to try 100% xylitol gum? Tell us below and what brands of gum you have tried in the past. You can learn more about xylitol, dental, medical and nutritional information at xylitol.org.
Did you know you can buy xylitol sweetener as a natural sugar substitute? We use it often in place of or in combination with regular granulated sugar. Looks and tastes just like sugar with no bitterness.
Read more here: Xylitol Natural Sweetener