Chewing gum is one of the oldest sweets; this tiny piece of rubberized gum will make you relieve stress and helps to concentrate on everything. Chewing gum is different from bubble gum, where chewing gum is made from natural gum called chicle harvested from a tropical tree named Sopapilla. This kind of chewing gum is chewy, but it can’t form a big bubble. Bubble gum in the mixture of starches and polymers made in the laboratory and formulated to blow big bubbles.
How is it made….?
Heating the chicle (natural gum from the tree sopapilla) and mixing it with desired flavour and sugar produces a new gum. First of all, chewing gum is heated to 115oC until it becomes like thick syrup. This syrup is then filtered and refined. Then other ingredients like sugar, corn syrup, softeners and preservatives are added. This mixture is then cooled and cut into the final bits of gum and packed.
Not only chicle, today’s gums are made of a mixture of elastomers, resins and waxes.
Health Benefits of Gum Chewing
Chewing gum increases 25-30 percent of blood flow to the brain and improves memory power and cognitive powers, which is proved by psychologists. Chewing gum increases the glucose level which is body and mind fuel.
Chewing gum reduces stress to help increase alertness and concentration.
Chewing gum helps in reducing body-weight. It burns about 11 calories per hour.
It increases the saliva flow to improve the intestinal mobility. Also, it prevents reflux of acid from the stomach back to throat.
Sugar free chewing gum also has a large number of dental benefits. It demineralises tooth enamel and has an antimicrobial effect which prevents tooth decay.
It makes people more attentive and to feel more alert.
It moistens and refreshes the mouth and throat which sweetens the breath.
Certain chewing gums have the ability to whiten the teeth and to prevent stains.
Some of the drug intake will leads to dry mouth; chewing gum will provide relief for those sufferers.
Chewing gum also makes the smokers to give up from smoking.
It reduces most of the unwanted fats stored behind the face skin and also gives you a glowing fairness.
Chewing gum after meals may help prevent heartburn.
Other fun facts
About 100,000 tons of chewing gum is chewed all over the world per year.
Largest bubble ever blown is about 23 inches in diameter which is a Guinness record.
Kids in North America spend approximately half a billion dollars on bubble gum every year.
Chewing gum keeps us away from cry due to its stress relieving feature.
Swallowed bubble gum will remain in the gastrointestinal tract for more than 7 years.
Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
Remain Fresh and Energetic by chewing the chewing gum.