Is Dentyne Gum Vegan?


Some big gum brands are accidentally vegan.

I wanted to know if Dentyne was one of them, so I looked up the ingredients to all of their gums.

I compiled the relevant results on this page to save you some time.

Which Dentyne Flavors Are Vegan?

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Let’s start by looking at the typical ingredients in Dentyne (this is for spicy cinnamon):

Sorbitol, Gum base, Maltitol, Natural and artificial flavor, Mannitol, Acacia, Acesulfame potassium, BHT, Blue 2 Lake, Candelilla Wax, GlycerinRed 40 Lake, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose, Titanium dioxide

Here are the potential issues for vegans to worry about:

  • Gum base – Gum base may or may not be vegan. It’s an umbrella term that covers both plant and animal ingredients, so only Dentyne knows if their gum base is vegan.
  • Natural flavor – Natural flavor could be vegan. It’s another umbrella term that covers both plant and animal ingredients. In gum, it’s probably vegan, but we can’t say that for sure.
  • Glycerin – Glycerin can come from either plant or animal sources, so it may be vegan.
  • Artificial colors – In my eyes, artificial colors are technically vegan, but have ethical issues surrounding them. Ongoing animal testing for artificial colors like Red 40 and Blue 2 (among others) is enough to put off a lot of vegans.

It turns out that every flavor of Dentyne has the first 3 of those ingredients, while only Spicy Cinnamon has any artificial coloring.

Flavor Potential Non-Vegan Ingredients
Spicy Cinnamon
  • Gum base
  • Natural flavor
  • Glycerin
  • Artificial colors (Blue 2 lake, Red 40 lake)
Arctic Chill, Peppermint, Spearmint, Winter Chill, Glacier Mint, Iceberg Mint
  • Gum base
  • Natural flavor
  • Glycerin

Conclusion: There’s a Chance Dentyne Gum is Vegan

So where do we stand?

At this point, I DON’T think it’s safe to assume that any flavor of Dentyne gum is vegan.

Gum base and natural flavor are both likely vegan in my experience, but the glycerin isn’t.

There’s a chance that it is, but only Dentyne knows for sure.

I’ve contacted Dentyne about these issues, and received this super helpful response:

Unfortunately, this ingredient information is not currently available. As you can imagine our products change frequently and maintaining a list of products that contain enzymes would be virtually impossible.

So basically, they don’t even know what’s in their products.

It’s up to you at this point, but personally, I doubt any Dentyne gums are vegan.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.