What is chewing gum made of?

Every year in Russia consumes several tens of thousands of tons of chewing gum, and the market volume reaches hundreds of millions of dollars. In this issue we will tell what this product is made of and how useful it is for your body.

Previously, chewing gum or analogues similar to it were made of wood resin. The first industrial production was owned by the Curtis brothers, it was they who invented adding flavorings to the resin, but unfortunately, because of poor quality, expressed in the fact that sawdust or even pine needles could be found in the gum, the company was ruined. In the 19th century, the technology of adding sugar and persistent aromatic additives appeared, which was later patented by Wrigley, the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world. Of the significant dates, it is also worth noting the year 1944 for entering the famous Orbit market and in 1968, when the equally popular Dirol brand was born, which currently occupy most of the Russian chewing gum market.

Nowadays, manufacturers use synthetic plastic and rubber as a base, and chemical sweeteners and flavors to add flavor to chewing gum. In addition, it will be important to note the presence of preservatives, non-breeding bacteria and fluoride, which to some extent contributes to the health of the teeth, but, as in the case of toothpaste, it will not help to avoid tooth decay.

Surely, you have already thought about whether it is so safe to consume chewing gum. To begin with, I would like to emphasize that when you chew, salivation increases, which helps to clean the teeth and remineralize them, as well as in the case of heartburn, its symptoms diminish. In the case of an empty stomach, excessive saliva flow causes an increased secretion of gastric juice, which, in the end, can lead to gastritis or an ulcer. Also, let’s not forget about sorbitol – a sweetener that is part of many chewing gums. In large quantities, it can cause severe enough diarrhea.

And finally, let us remind you of what has already been said in one of our releases. Many people think that if you chew gum, it will remain in the stomach for several months, or even years, and may stick to the intestinal walls and stay there forever. Of course, this statement is far from the truth. Like any product entering the gastrointestinal tract, the gum is digested under the influence of acids and enzymes. The only thing that distinguishes the digestion of gum from the digestion of ordinary food – this is the time that is needed to remove the remnants of the body. This period may last for several days, but this will in no way affect your well-being, provided that you do not eat a few kilograms of this rubber mass.