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HCG diet: Are gum and diet mints permissable

Chewing gum and mints, along with throat lozenges, etc., are not permitted in the HCG very low calorie diet (VLCD) phase, although it is possible that at in 1950s when Dr Simeons1 wrote his original book, diet gum was not as readily available as it is today.

Dieters should be aware that even mints and chewing gum sweetened with artificial sweeteners might contain ingredients which are not compatible with the VLCD developed by Dr Simeons – and the manufacturer’s list of ingredients is likely to be too vague to inform you as to whether the confectionary contains other “cautionary” or banned ingredients, such as starches or gums.

Agar, for instance,  a gelatinous gum extracted from algae or seaweed, contains 335 calories and 0.3 grams of fat per 100g.

Modern chewing gum, however, is made from rubber, softened with glycerine and/or vegetable oil. Vegetable oil should not be imbibed in a VLCD diet2 and glycerine has a calorific value of 4.32 calories per gram. Chewing gum, if chewed for long enough, tends to harden – which seems to suggest that the gum softeners, glycerine and vegetable oil, leach out of the gum.

In any case, Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in most diet products, is not something I’d want to put into my mouth, let alone ingest. It is made by feeding genetically modified e-coli bacteria to sludge, then harvesting the bacteria’s waste matter.  It might not surprise you to learn that Monsanto makes billions from this, despite the fact that it is highly toxic and can be deadly.  Aspartame, on so many levels, is toxic waste, or frankenfood.

Just because Aspartame or ingredients banned from VLCD aren’t mentioned in the product’s ingredients list, doesn’t mean that your confectionary of choice is free of them.  The FDA allows manufacturers to pass off a large number of ingredients as “natural flavorings” or “flavor enhancers”, as their documentation clearly indicates – viz :

“(3) The termnatural flavor ornatural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. Natural flavors include the natural essence or extractives obtained from plants listed in 182.10, 182.20, 182.40, and 182.50 and part 184 of this chapter, and the substances listed in 172.510 of this chapter.”

Clearly, even the most seemingly innocuous products can ruin your diet, or even ruin your health. So your rule of thumb might best be, “If in doubt, leave it out.


1           Dr A T W Simeons MD is the author of the original 1950s HCG diet manuscript, entitled “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”

2           HCG Phase 2 dieters are permitted a maximum of 1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil per day.



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