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Chewing Gum  

We all absolutely love chewing gum. It is a sweet confection composed mainly of latex, a milky white fluid produced by a variety of seeds. Latex is also the main component used in rubber production. Today, chewing gums come in a variety of flavors. An average person chews approximately 270 gums in a year. Humans are the only creature on earth to chew gum. It is one of the oldest candies in the world. William F Semple filed a patent for the modern chewing gum on December 28, 1869. The main ingredients of gum formula were charcoal and chalk.

Quick Facts: –

  • The largest bubble ever blown had a diameter of 23 inches. The record was set by Susan Montgomery Williams on July 19, 1994.
  • Initially, gums were made by hands but now they are made by machines.
  • The oldest piece of chewing gum is 9,000 years old.
  • If you chew a gum, it helps you to ward off bad breath or satisfy your craving for something sweet.
  • Chewing a gum also helps you to concentrate by giving your brain a boost.
  • Gum chewing after having your meals can prevent heartburns.
  • The first ever commercially successful gum was produced in 1871 by Thomas Adams.
  • There are different types of gums available in the market for medical purposes as well.
  • If you swallow a gum by mistake then it will not last there for 7 years. It cannot be digested so passes through your system.
  • Turkey is the country that has the most number of gum companies. The United States has the second place.
  • Chewing gum can also keep your ears from popping when you are traveling on a plane.

 

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