Talk:Chewing gum

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Regarding the health effects part, specifically the section on 'Stomach':

Is this really a valid source for a biomedical claim? I've seen better sources than this one removed from Wikipedia recently for not being good enough, re biomedical claims & wikipolicy:

"However, chewing gum is sometimes considered to contribute to the development of stomach ulcers. It stimulates the stomach to secrete acid and the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes that aren't required.[50] "

Cheers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:53, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

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Effects of chewing (gum) on brain function?[edit]

This article suggests that chewing in general and therefore also chewing gum can improve brain function. If there are no objections I will write a few paragraphs about this in the article.. --Mikeschaerer (talk) 20:19, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Effect on Jaw?[edit]

Bodybuilders say chewing gum can help tone your jawline, where as others say constant chewing will only weaken your jaw over time. Which is true? I think they might be worth discussing in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:40, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

It depends on whether you chew chewing gum without sugar (the good, sugar-free chewing gum) or chew the varieties which do contain added sugar.ACEOREVIVED (talk) 22:18, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Topics for expansion[edit]

  • History of gum
    • Was it chewed prehistorically, e.g. by jungle tribes?
    • Possible inventor: John Colgan of Kentucky?
    • William Finley Semple - issued the first U.S. patent for chewing gum?
  • Vegan gum vs. animal based - what is market penetration in countries around the world?
  • What state or country eats or consumes the most gum each year?
  • Why does gum seem to be so appealing to young kids and teens?
  • Does gum cut your appetite?
  • Do people use gum for harm to their body?
  • What makes gum pink?
  • Is there a religion that dis approves of gum?
  • Which gum can last longest?
  • Cleaning and removal — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:08, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Health claims section?[edit]

(From reading above comments) There used to be a health claims section? It isn't there now! Which is strange, because I came today to ask about this article, and the use of gum chewing to stimulate guts after surgery. Oh my, from 2006 too! Ah, here's the more recent article that caught my interest. And US News. I guess they repeated the studies:

Purkayastha, S. Archives of Surgery, August 2008; vol 143: pp 788-793.
Moss, G. Surgery, 1986; vol 99: pp 206-214.
Joshua A. Katz, MD, director, Montgomery Colorectal Surgery, Rockville, Md.; director, Biophysiology Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md.
Schuster, R. Archives of Surgery, February 2006; vol 141: pp 174-176.

So, I guess I'll go try to find that old section, and why it was deleted... Shenme (talk) 22:23, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

There was the "swallowed gum" section, which was lost and restored; anything missing from the current article is probably best written from scratch. -- Beland (talk) 01:13, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

more advantages and disadvantages with gum[edit]

I read in new scientist once upon a time that research had shown that test subjects did better on IQ tests and concentration tests if chewing the gum while doing it ... though I'm too lazy/busy to google for it.

Here are three sources for rebuilding the 'chewing gum effects on memory' section. Cheers! wbm (talk) 23:47, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Regarding schools banning it ... it's worth mentioning that used chewing gums on the wrong places causes major problems, and not only in schools. Removing leftovers of chewing gums from pavements and sidewalks can be very labour-intensive and costly, and if it's stuck in the hair, on clothes or under the , it can be very difficult to get rid of it.

tobixen (talk) 08:53, 6 August 2009 (UTC) gum is realy cool and lots of flavors 2 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:48, 22 April 2010 (UTC) What kind of brand of gum resists heat and freezing the best? The hypothesis for this research project is that gum resists heat and freezing better than any other brand of gum. This conclusion occurred because of the research available through the internet. Another reason for this conclusion is that Stride has a special ingredient in it that makes it last longer. So it is hypothesized that it can also resist heat and freezing the best out of the different types of brands of gum.

  Chewing gum was made traditionally out of chicle. Chicle is a substance used to line tubeless tires. Modern types of gum are made out of rubber. But, there are many different things that people used to make gum. Such as, plants, grasses, resins, sap of spruce trees, and even paraffin wax. Now most gums are made out of gum base. Gum base is a non-digestible, and non-nutritive substance used to carry sweeteners, flavors, and other desired substances for chewing gum.

Wrigley s gum making process contains few simple steps. First, the gum base is melted and purified. The gum base is melted at a 115 degrees C. (239 degrees F.) until it has the viscosity of syrup. Then, it is poured into a mixing machine and is mixed with different sweeteners and flavors. It is then sent through a rolling machine and is formed into a long strip of gum. Light coating is added to enhance the flavor and the gum is scored. Then, the gum is put into a temperature controlled environment to cool down for about 24-48 hours to ensure freshness. Lastly, the gum is wrapped up and put into packages to be ready to be sold.

       All of the Wrigley brands of gum are made the same. That means that all of the Wrigley brands of gum are pretty much the same except for all of the different types of flavors. If all of the Wrigley brands are structured the same, then it would be pretty much useless to compare them to one another. So, comparing the other different types of gum with each other would be more useful. With the power of the internet, you can compare the size, flavor, and even consistency of all the different gum.

it also stops preganancy in women if sollowed — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mirza Wajahat Baig (talkcontribs) 10:00, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

       Stride chewing gum was noticed first at the All Candy Expo, when three years of product development Cadbury claimed that through the use of proprietary sweetener mannitol it had produced a gum with longer lasting flavor. Cadbury marketed the gum as "The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum". Not only is Stride gum long lasting with it's flavor, but it is also long lasting at resisting against different temperatures longer than any other brand of gum. It is hypothesized that if you put a piece of Stride gum in a microwave oven, then it will not melt as fast as the other types of brands of gum. It is also hypothesized that if you put a piece of Stride gum in a freezer, then it will stay normal temperature for longer than the other types of brands of gum.  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:39, 30 November 2010 (UTC) 

history of gum[edit]

shouldn't we add the history of how gum was invented?--The other shadow 23:27, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

How does one remove this chewing gum from carpets, car-locks etc.? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:20, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a "how-to" manual, so this would be inappropriate for an online encyclopaedia. Vorbee (talk) 15:30, 11 August 2017 (UTC)


Is there any chance we can get a section written on the noise Gum generates, and how people play with it in their mouths using their fingers, is one of the most disgusting things on the planet and if I were designing a 7th circle of hell it would be a never-ending meeting with loud, obnoxious gum chewers? -- (talk) 20:30, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

Removed Link[edit]

One of the external links at the end of the page is for more information on Xylitol & Gum. The link (which links to: goes to a site selling gum and was removed. Nemrel (talk) 23:15, 21 March 2010 (UTC)


Would the regular editors on this article please settle whether they are using US or UK spelling and deal with it accordingly? I seems one of our younger editor caught what she thought was a spelling mistake and after discussion, it seems this article is inconsistent in whether to spell US or UK. A solitary esophagus, sleeping upon silent wing ...--Wehwalt (talk) 22:33, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

Not a "regular" editor, I just stop in for occasional maintenance and vandal reversion ever since I put this page on me watchlist as a result of getting roped into working on Mastic (plant resin). Ordinarily I don't favour one flavor of English over another, but the cite for the toddler with a wad of coins and gum stuck in her gullet comes from Scientific American: "four coins were found lodged in the esophagus, fused into a single blob by a wad of chewing gum."
Dipping into the history here and there, I see that it has been "oesophagus" at times, "esophagus" at other times, and occasionally missing altogether. Regarding matters of style, I'm easy to please; what does the community want to do here? __ Just plain Bill (talk) 00:10, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Referring to Spelling comments[edit]

I think this all depends on whether or not you are British or American. I guess some problems can't be solved, at least from my point of view. We should have a vote or something like that. Or is that even possible on Wikipedia? Can we have votes like that? Whether or not to use US or UK spelling? Maybe we should talk to the head people. If we can at least, I'm not very keen on this kind of subject.CamrynRocks! (talk) 23:12, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Camryn, the idea is, is if the article is about something dealing with the US, we use US spelling (labor, for example). If you are writing about the UK, you make it British spelling (labour). The article should not have both. If you notice, Camryn, the spelling you gave has been put back.--Wehwalt (talk) 00:18, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Citations for the health benefits of chewing gum[edit]

I thing that section needs much work and reference to studies. I started with one article, more can be added through here:

Talgalili (talk) 14:53, 2 May 2010 (UTC)


I think the current image on the article showing different typed of American gum is ok, but we need a better image showing non-brand specific sticks, pieces, etc or gum in an arrangement or pile. Packs of gum like stride, 5, extra, etc is more specific to individuals than it is to gum itself. This is a simple fix really and a self produced image or free image inline would be sufficient. Andrew Colvin (talk) 23:08, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

Chewing gum brands[edit]

It would be very interesting if this article included a list of the brands of chewing gum that exist.

512upload (talk) 13:09, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Gum on streets[edit]

there should be lots more in the inappropriate disposal of the stuff. You walk down the street and it's all you see after all. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:55, 19 January 2011 (UTC)


are most chewing gums really made from natural rubber? I thought they were made from other synthetic rubbers? (talk) 22:07, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

How is Gum Made?[edit]

Silly question, especially for an encyclopedic entry on gum. How exactly, and out of what, is gum made? For how long has it been made that way? How is flavor added to it?

Not a silly question at all. Chewing gum manufacture is a huge industry (how big?). This entry has nothing about its composition or manufacture. It's true that the literature on the topic is VERY thin, basically because the manufacturers have zero interest in revealing their trade secrets. I have a nice book by an oldtimer somewhere. Must dig it out and get something written here. AlanParkerFrance (talk) 09:42, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

No lead section[edit]

This article has no lead section, defining what chewing gum exactly is. Instead it goes straight to the history section, assuming the reader already knows what chewing gum is. JIP | Talk 12:54, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

I fixed this myself. JIP | Talk 12:58, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion template?[edit]

Perhaps a tempate for introduction not adequeately summarise contents? Just thinking... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:55, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

laxative effect[edit]

Why can chewing gum have a laxative effect? I didn't find any information about this in the article. Tooironic (talk) 06:50, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

Tooironic, I think it has a laxative effect. On the package of my chewing gum it says: "Excessive use may have a laxative effect." But we need a decent source before we can add it. --Candide124 (talk) 21:19, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Major editing of "Gum Swallowing" section needed?[edit]

The section seems to be poorly written, making it ex termly difficult for the reader to differentiate between scientific fact and opinion.

I personally have no clue what to do with it, thus, I've posted the issue here on the talk page, hopefully someone is willing to take care of it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pimentel28 (talkcontribs) 18:49, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

Seems alright to me, but I've copyedited it a bit anyway and pulled up the original paper that looks at the medical complications and advises against giving gum to very young children. --McGeddon (talk) 10:31, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Requesting more than original research[edit]

Chewed on long enough, it will turn into liquid —User 000 name 08:40, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Student Editor Requesting Feedback[edit]

Chewing Gum Wikipedia Assignment Synopsis: As part of my Food Physical Systems course, I plan to edit the Wikipedia page on chewing gum and discuss the physical and chemical composition and functionality in this food. Currently, there is minimal scientific content on this page and there is barely any information on the chemical or ingredient composition of gum. Most of the information on this page refers to the history, health effects, and detrimental aspects of chewing gum. The only information on this topic is that chewing gum is made from butadiene-based synthetic rubber and are considered polymers. I plan to add product and processing information on different types of gum (stick vs. pellet vs. bubble), an analysis of gum base composition, a description of flavor delivery systems through microencapsulation, different types of sweeteners and the biophysics behind the chew and blowing bubbles.

Are there any additional sections on the physical and chemical properties of chewing gum that I should add? Does anyone know of any good sources I should incorporate?

Bibliography (work in progress): [1] [2] [3] [4]

Alexiaciarfella (talk) 14:38, 3 October 2016 (UTC)Alexiaciarfella


I found the ingredients components section very clear and complete. It sums up pretty well all the information you need to know about chewing gum composition. However it's a shame that we don't have that much information on chemical and physical properties.

Protect page?[edit]

This page is getting vandalized by IPs. Can it get protected? here are diffs: [1], [2], [3], [4]. (talk) 22:31, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

BTW, there are more. (talk) 22:32, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

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Sugar free chewing gum[edit]

Should this article put in that most chewing gums sold in the United Kingdom these days are sugar-free chewing gums, using polyols as their chief source of carbohydrate? Vorbee (talk) 17:42, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

Journal of American Dental Association[edit]

Why is it that linked to the assertion that xylitol can reduce dental plaque and the effect of dental caries is footnote saying "better source needed"? The source given is the Journal of the American Dental Association, which sounds as if it is the name of a respectable academic journal. Vorbee (talk) 15:47, 9 August 2017 (UTC)


Among the physico-chemical properties, solubility is missing. Is it correct that chewing gums are all soluble in fat? This has immediate practical consequences for advise how to get chewing gum out of hair or cloths. -- Oisguad (talk) 22:07, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ Cherukuri, Subraman R.; Mansukhani, Gul (1988). "Polyvinylacetate bubble gum base composition". 
  2. ^ Witzel, Frank (1976). "Chewing gum having surface impregnated, microencapsulated flavor particles". 
  3. ^ Stapler, Judith H.; Hunter, Mary A. (1994). "Breath protection microcapsules". 
  4. ^ Gustaitis, Joseph. "The Sticky History of Chewing Gum". American History. 33 (4).