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Wrigley's Big Red Gum
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I chewed 1/2 a stick of Wrigley's Big Red Gum today and the top of my tongue feels funny. Almost a very mild numbing sensation but I can feel the roof of my mouth with the top of my tongue. I suppose I will need to try a different gum. I don't remember this happening years ago before my diagnosis but things change. ;)

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when I was in middle school, one of the cool things to do was to lick the Big Red wrapper and stick it to your forhead. If you left it on for a while, it burned a red mark into your skin for a while. (the REALLy cool kids cut the wrapper into shapes...)

SO, obviously, there is a very "irritating" substance in the gum, maybe the cinnamon. Maybe you are just mare senstive now?

Libby

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Are there any gums out there that arent coated with flour nor have corn syrup in them. im allergic to corn as well.

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According to my nutritionist (the nutritionist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University), all Wrigley gum is Gluten Free. Big Red as always made my tongue numb- it's part of the cinammon flavor. It shouldn't have anything to do with celiac disease.

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HHHMMM....Thanks for your replies! :P That's me chewing Wrigley's Big Red!

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I'm sure it is the cinnamon. My daughter gets a red rash on her face when she eats cinnamon and it comes in contact with her skin, and this always happens when she chews cinnamon gum. The silly girl can't keep it in her mouth, instead she tries to blow bubbles, so she pulls it out and spreads it over her lips! This creates a huge red ring around her mouth, and it looks awful. She has never mentioned a funny feeling on her tongue though, but she is only 4 1/2.

God bless,

Mariann :)

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