We look at the evidence for this novel product from popular supplement manufacturer, LA Muscle. Well known for producing a range of supplements, we dig a little deeper to find out really just how effective Slim Gum can be for dieters.
Slim Gum Pros
- From reputable company
- Evidence to support some claims
- Manufacturer money-back guarantee
- Will freshen your breathe
Slim Gum Cons
- Can work out expensive
- Can cause laxative-type side effects
- More effective than normal gum?
Slim Gum Review
Slim Gum Facts
- Manufactured for LA Muscle
- Will require 12 packs for 1 months supply
- Some good consumer feedback
Slim Gum is manufactured by LA Muscle and is available from their official website and from selected UK high street stores, such as Superdrug.
LA Muscle was established in 1999 and has been producing mainly sports supplements ever since. With a great reputation we were not surprised we found no online reported scams or rip offs for either the company of this product.
Slim Gum has a pleasant taste, a little different from other chewing gums as one side (green coloured side) is a rougher texture than the other. As with most gums its peppermint flavour and after a minute of chewing tastes exactly like any other high street gum. We found that after chewing for 5 minutes you will want to discard the gum as it loses its flavour.
The manufacturer recommends only having 4 pieces of chewing gum throughout the day before meals and snacking.
Each packet of Slim Gum contains 10 pieces of gum that if taken as suggested will last only 2 ½ days. A box of 12 packets is available but unfortunately it’s at a similar price to buying 12 separate packets, so no real saving is on offer.
Slim Gum Concerns:
- Initially seems inexpensive but can soon work out costly for 1 months supply
- The big concern is whether it actually is any better than original high street chewing gum in helping reduce food cravings
- Possible laxative side effects that is not immediately obvious
What Does Slim Gum Claim To Do?
The SlimGum website claims you just…
Just chew up to 4 pieces of SlimGum a day before a meal or snack for effective weight loss and appetite suppression.
The chewing gum delivers the ingredients by using what LA Muscle say is…
Exclusive Patent Technology Ensures Maximum Absorption of Active Ingredients
This means that by chewing LA Muscle’s Slim Gum you release the ingredients faster meaning they get to work much quicker than pills and capsules.
So What Is Slim Gum and What Are The Ingredients For Slim Gum?
Apart from the two-tone colour of the gum a packet of Slim Gum looks very similar to the average chewing gum you would find on the shelf of your local shop. Easy to use, you simply chew the gum when required, suggested by the manufacturer to be before snacking or main meals.
There are 6 active ingredients in each piece of Slim Gum. The amount of ingredients included is based on a serving of 4 pieces of gum per day.
- Green Coffee Bean Extract (400mg): Naturally rich in the ingredient Chlorogenic acid (CGA) and contains some caffeine, which has been suggested to regulate metabolism by limiting glucose uptake and increase fat burning. One of the fashionable weight loss ingredients at the moment with huge media exposure, resulting in numerous Green Coffee Bean supplements on to the market.
- Chromium (200mcg): Popular ingredient in diet pills but has been discredited as promoting effective weight loss. When examining 24 studies on Chromium the National Institute of Health concluded:
In several studies, chromium’s effects on body weight and composition may be called into question
- L-Carnitine (12mg): Suggested to have a number of health, weight loss and performance benefits. Indirect evidence to suggest may contribute to weight loss. More pervasive evidence shows increased muscle metabolism and performance, although more research is required to assess fat metabolism.
- Green Tea Extract (40mg): Derived from green tea leaves and contains lots of antioxidant properties thanks mainly to the green tea catechins (GTC). Lots of reliable studies have shown health and potential weight loss benefits of this ingredient.
- Biotin (7.5mcg): A water soluble B vitamin although also called Vitamin H and is essential for the synthesis of fatty acids, breaking down branched chain amino acids and the generation of glucose from stored complex carbohydrates (glycogen).
- Thiamin (165mcg): Another water soluble vitamin (Vitamin B1) involved in many important cellular functions for the heart, muscles, and nervous system. The main role is to help the body’s cells convert carbohydrate into energy.
So What Does All This Mean?
Slim Gum is a peppermint flavoured chewing gum that contains some promising weight loss ingredients that have been shown to promote weight loss when consumed in sufficient quantities.
The question is whether Slim Gum contains sufficient ingredients to actually have an effective on weight loss and if using regular chewing gum could work just as well for helping to suppress appetite between meals.
Does Slim Gum Have Any Side Effects?
Some consumers have reported experiencing laxative-type side effects (see below). Other than this no other side effects were reported.
Caution: Excessive consumption of Slim Gum may produce laxative-type side effects, so avoid taking more than 4 pieces of gum per day. Suggested to be due to containing the ingredient, Phenylalanine.
Warning: Not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers, anyone taking other medications or anyone under 18 years old.
Any Slim Gum Reviews From Customers?
There are lots of positive consumer reviews for Slim gum, mainly on the official LA Muscle website, but also on more independent sources, such as Amazon.
A consumer provided this testimonial on Amazon…
Slim gum is amazing if you struggle with your weight, if your tempted to eat things that you shouldn’t just try slim gumit takes away the temptation. I have been using this product for 3 weeks and am amazed at how well it works
Tony, February 2012
So Does Slim Gum Work?
The anecdotal evidence that chewing gum can reduce food cravings is supported by two studies and used by the manufacturers of Slim Gum to support the slimming aid can suppress appetite.
Evidence for chewing gum reducing food cravings
Studies supporting the effectiveness of chewing gum to suppress food cravings:
Slim Gum may help to reduce snacking between meals as you will be chewing gum and less likely to reach for those sweets. That said it’s dubious that the weight loss ingredients in each piece of gum can be delivered in sufficient quantities to have a significant effect on fat loss.
Supposedly you should be confident of the manufacturer’s claims that the patented technology releases the weight loss ingredients and allows you to swallow them. We could find no clinical data referenced to support the effectiveness of this delivery mechanism to the extent that LA Muscle claims!
Where Can I Buy Slim Gum?
You can buy Slim Gum from selected UK High Street shops such as Superdrugs or online via the LA Muscle official website.
Each packet includes 10 pieces of gum and costs £2.99 with 12 packets available for £35 (120 pieces of gum enough for 1 months supply).
Find out more: LA Muscle
What About a Guarantee?
If purchased directly from LA Muscle then their “Premium Service” will apply that also means you have a 30-day money-back guarantee. You will need to return the opened or unopened product at your cost within 30 days from the date of your receipt on your order.
Buying Slim Gum from other retailers will mean you most likely have the standard refund policy for faulty goods.
Slim Gum is a novel product from a reputable company that produce quality supplements and has some great consumer feedback.
A common theme amongst satisfied consumers of Slim Gum is the fact it helped to distract them from snacking between meals. If this is a particular problem you face then chewing Slim Gum may help to reduce food cravings and snacking between meals, as supported by a few clinical studies. But it’s worth bearing in mind Slim Gum may work simply as a food replacement, as it’s less likely to snack on sugary foods if you have gum in your mouth!
We doubt whether the ingredients within this product though will actually work to promote weight loss itself! Slim Gum can act as a great breath freshener though, but you find chewing regular gum could have the same effect but cost you far less.
With the good feedback, solid reputation of the manufacturer it was difficult decision, but we have rejected Slim Gum as for us there is insufficient evidence to show the ingredients are effectively released and promote weight loss.