The Gum Tree and The Chewing Gum ~ Kwentology

Kwento of Chewing Gum
I remember this bubble gum named Bazooka. Me and my friends back when we were young spent our bucks on this cheap sweet little bubbly. The main ingredient in chewing gum is a gum base. That's what makes it so chewy. Most gum bases today are made from manmade rubber, and are indigestible, which means they won't break down in your body.

Softeners such as glycerin are added to the gum base to keep the base moist and to prevent the gum from hardening. Bubble gum is just regular chewing gum that contains more of the base and softener. Sweeteners, usually sugar or corn syrup, come next. The last ingredient added is the flavoring. The most popular flavors are spearmint, peppermint, and cinnamon.

Non-sticky Gum

Ever step on a wad of gum or get some tangled in your hair? A new gum has been invented that might make the problem of sticky gum a thing of the past. Terence McCarthy, a British professor, developed a gum that disintegrates into a fine powder when mixed with water. McCarthy got his idea after visiting the United States and seeing all the hardened gum that darkened the sidewalks.

Kwento of Chewing from Different Time and Civilazation and Different Trees

Resin is collected by having it drip into a bag or container.

Chewing Gum Through the Ages

The Mastic Tree
The mastic tree is a small tree that grows in Greece. Ancient Greeks used to chew on its resin, which dripped from the tree in liquid form and dried into hard bits. As the Greeks chewed, the resin softened and become gum. Mastic gum has a piney flavor.

The Mayans chomped on gum as well, using chicle as their gum base. The chicle tree is native to Mexico and Central America. To get at the gum, the Mayans made gashes along the trunk in zigzag pattern and collected the drippings, which were then boiled until thickened. Until the 1960s, chicle was the main ingredient in gum. Then, it was replaced with artificial gum bases.

The Spruce Tree
American Indians from the Northeast chewed resin from spruce trees. They passed this habit along to the early American settlers who, by the 1800s started selling lumps of the gum. This made spruce gum the first commercial chewing gum
Kwento of the Oldest Chewing Gum

Kwentologist Tells You More...

The world's oldest known piece of chewing gum is 5,000 years old. An archaeology student in Finland, a nation in northern Europe, discovered a hunk of tar made from birch bark. The gum had human teeth marks on it.
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