Frequently asked questions
- What is chewing gum?
- What is gum base?
- Is it true that chewing gum is good for oral hygiene and has other benefits as well?
- What can you tell me about other ingredients in chewing gum?
- Why is there generally no expiration date for chewing gums?
- Can chewing gum contain animal-derived ingredients?
- Can chewing gum contain allergenic substances?
- Is gum safe to swallow?
- Is there a risk of choking when chewing gum is swallowed?
- At what age can children begin chewing gum?
What is chewing gum?
Chewing gum is made up of five basic ingredients -- gum base, flavorings and colorings, preservatives, sweeteners, and softeners. Gum base is the insoluble part of the product that puts the "chew" in chewing gum.
This combination allows chewing gum, unlike any other food, to deliver chewing pleasure and flavor sensation that is released over an extended period of time. Add in various consumer benefits – ranging from oral care to stress reduction to calorie management – and it is easy to see why chewing gum is one of the most popular forms of confectionery worldwide.