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“Not a Low Calorie Food”

I bought a pack of gum at lunch and was just looking at the label. It’s Trident Crystal Frost Freshmint Flavor, for those of you who want to follow along at home.

The gum is made with Xylitol, which is a great name for a villian in a sci-fi movie. I assume this is the sweetener used to make the gum “sugar free” but I haven’t looked it up. Right under that, it says “Not a low calorie food.”

I never thought of gum as a food because I don’t swallow it. Not on purpose, anyway. So without that disclaimer, would people go on a “Trident diet?” I was thinking that maybe there is something about it that makes it a high calorie food without the sweetener, but it says it’s got less than 5 calories “per serving.” I fear looking on the web to see if there are people with eating disorders out there going on a sugarfree gum diet, so I’m not going to look. Given the choice, I’d rather go on the pickle diet that I previously mentioned (0 calories eachie!) because I think pickles are more filling than gum.

But that’s just me.


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