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  • Gum?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm just starting my IC diet (two weeks in) and today I realized that I have been chewing gum without a thought. The brand I normally chew is Wrigley's Cobalt, but I see it has aspartame in it. Has anyone found any IC friendly gum? Or should I just stay away from it altogether at first?



  • #2
    I will be interested to hear what other people say to this. I don't have problems with gum, but it certainly could give people problems. I usually chew Trident or Extra--both have artificial sweeteners.

    Great question!
    Julie Beyer, MA, RDN
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    • #3
      While my IC tends to to do what it wants, there are a few things that are major triggers for me, and artificial sweeteners are on that list. I get sick from even chewing gum with them in it! Aspartame also tends to worsen my migraines in addition to my IC, so I just avoid it at this point.

      Also, if you have IBS like I do, you might want to make sure you avoid gums with sorbitol and/or sucralose - both can act like laxatives in a lot of people, and if you get diarrhea like I do, you probably don't need one of those

      However, I am sure there are a lot of others out there like Julie who can tolerate artificial sweeteners in small doses, like in gum. We are all different, and I just happen to be one of the unlucky ones who reacts badly. You might want to try not chewing the gum for a week or two to see what happens... if there's no difference in your symptoms, chances are you're okay with the gum.

      *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
      *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
      *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
      *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

      **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.