Chewing gum is a type of gum traditionally made of chicle or synthetic rubber known as polyisobutylene. Chicle is a natural latex product while polyisobutylene is a non-vulcanisable form of the butyl rubber used for inner tubes or to line tubeless tires. For reasons of economy and quality, many modern chewing gums use rubber instead of chicle. Chicle is still the base of choice for some regional markets.
The well known Chiclet chewing gum was coined from the word chicle.
How would you know if the chewing gum your going to buy is made of chicle. Probably, they are more expensive.
Chewing gum can be sweetened by sugar or by xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occurring sugar substitute. It is found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, including various berries, corn husks, oats, and mushrooms.
As for the health benefits of chewing gum, we are kicking out those made of polyisobutlene and sugar. Imagine yourself chewing tubeless tire lining and adding up extra sugar calories.
Masticating a chewing gum is a sort of exercise that increase blood flow to the brain. According to studies, chewing gum may improve memory. It produces more oxygen, more glucose and dispose more carbon dioxide. This is way chewing gum improves memory. It improves attentiveness and concentration.
It is a stress reliever. May ease irritation and frustration. Recent research has shown that rhythmic motion of chewing gum has a stress-reducing effect because relaxed and satisfied feelings. You can give it a try while taking an examination, driving in a high dense traffic and waiting for your late boyfriend.
Chewing gum triggers the production of more saliva. Saliva is essential in digestion. Contains the enzyme ptialina amylase that breaks down starch into sugar. Also contain salivary lipase to start fat digestion. Helps reduce acid reflux from stomach to throat. Acid reflux leaves a constant chest burning sensation.
It has a cleansing effect on teeth and gums. Saliva carry disinfectant that kills harmful microorganisms. It also washes teeth and gums of clinging dirt and food.
Chewing gum sweetened with xylitol does not add to your calorie intake. And, sugar alcohols are not metabolized by oral bacteria, and so they do not contribute to tooth decay.