Friday, December 22, 2006

More Bubble Gum Facts

Chewing Gum Facts

The difference between bubble gum and chewing gum is the gum base. Chewing gum base is a natural gum called chicle harvested from the sap of a tropical tree called a sopapilla tree. This kind of gum is chewy, but it will not blow a large bubble.

Bubble gum base, on the other hand, is a mixture of starches and polymers made in a laboratory and specially formulated to blow bubbles.

Believe it or not, chewing gum is actually beneficial. It relieves boredom, eases tension and aids in concentration. It also helps to pull food particles from between your teeth and even freshens breath.

A stick of gum containing sugar has about 10 calories compared to sugarless gum which has only 6 calories. Contrary to popular belief, swallowing gum will not do any harm.

Ancient Greeks chewed the gum of the Mastic tree. More than 1,000 years ago the native people of Central America and North America chewed the sap and resins found in trees.

Today, the United States is the world's leading manufacturer of gum. With all of this fascination with bubble gum, it only stands to reason that bubble gum was invented in 1928 by Walter Diemer, an accountant from Philadelphia.

Source: Steve Spangler Science