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What are chewing gums and how are they manufactured?

Date: 04 Mar 2016    Group: Opinion About    Category: Miscellaneous   

Chewing gums of many varieties are available in the market. What is a chewing gum and how is it manufactured? Is it harmful to eat chewing gum health wise? Are sugar free chewing gums also available? How many maximum number of chewing gums one can eat daily without any possible adverse health effect?

Curious to know about chewing gum & how it is made? Find out from the expert responses here the unique facts about chewing gum and its benefits & adverse health effects.

Author: Mahesh    06 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Chewing gum is basically made of the synthetic rubber which is safe for consumption. However the consumption does not mean it is going to be digested. So the chewing gum factory has certain guidelines to follow. If not followed they are restricted from further making the gum.

There are factories that make the chewing gum using butadiene-based synthetic rubber. There are different types of the coloring and the taste additives added to make flavors of such gum.

Chewing gum is not soluble by water. So it doesn't get digested in your body either. And it could have some issues healthwise. So regular consumption is not good at all. There are sugar free and teeth cleaning gums out there. You can consume them for some energy and also to clean the teeth. Happydent sugarfree is one such product. However it is currently being sold in few places due to ban.

Without any side effect of any type, I think only gum can be consumed at a time. Anymore than one should start to show effects slowly but not immediately visible.

Author: Juana    08 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

You are right with your observation that there are many varieties of chewing gums available in the market. The one thing common with all these brands is that the basic ingredients remain the same. These are –

• Gum base – the key ingredient in chewing gums. This can be synthetic edible rubber or a mixture of synthetic rubber and natural sap
• Flavourings – flavours are added to chewing gums to give long lasting taste. Flavours most commonly associated with chewing gums are spearmint, peppermint and menthol. They are refreshing flavours. Fruity flavours are also popular, such as cherry, apple, berries etc
• Softeners – mostly vegetable oil or glycerine is used in chewing gum as softeners. The purpose of the softener is to keep the gum moist. In the absence of a softening agent the gum becomes hard
• Sweeteners – different types of sweeteners are added to gum to give it its sweet flavour. Commonly used sweeteners are corn syrup and sugar. A number of manufacturers rely on artificial sweeteners such as mannitol, xylitol, aspartame and sorbitol. Some sweeteners are projected to improve dental hygiene and others as teeth whiteners. Artificial sweeteners are touted to be sugar free.

Care must be taken to not ingest chewing gums. They are meant to be chewed and discarded. They do not digest and swallowing them in large numbers may impair digestion.
There is no dietary advice available on how many chewing gums one should/can eat in a day. It's best to limit chewing gums as it can become addictive.

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