Whether we realise or not, chewing gum has become a staple in our lives, just like our phones and wallets that are commonly found in our pockets at all times. While its primary purpose is to give us a fresh breath, chewing on gum is also pretty fun – but this is not where the fun ends! Here at Chewsy Gum, we’ve put together a list of 10 fun facts about chewing gum – we guaranteed you’ll be surprised!

Chewing gum fun fact no.1:

If you are chewing on gum while cutting onions, this will stop your eyes from watering. The science behind it? While chewing on gum you will breathe through your mouth rather than your nose so the irritation caused by the onion scent will reach the lachrymal gland in smaller amounts.

Chewing gum fun fact no.2:

Another fun fact about chewing gum is that it has two national days on September 30th and on February 15th. Celebrate by blowing some bubbles!

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Chewing gum fun fact no.3:

Have you ever wondered why most chewing gum is pink? Well, an interesting fun fact about chewing gum is that the inventor was desperately trying to create the perfect bubble gum, and by the time the recipe reached perfection, the only colour he had left to use was pink!

The history of chewing gum makes for a fascinating read.

Chewing gum fun fact no.4:

We all grew up being told that if you swallow chewing gum, your intestines will get clogged up and your intestines will get stuck together. Sound familiar? Well in actual fact, this is actually quite rare.

If you swallow chewing gum, it will be in your system for a few days, before your body will get rid of it.  As gum base can’t be digested, you will eliminate it as a whole. If you want to read more about what happens when you swallow chewing gum, read our blog post!

Chewing gum fun fact no.5:

An interesting chewing gum fact is that it can help you concentrate. Studies have shown that when you chew on gum you become more alert, your muscle tension is reduced and you are able to focus better on the activities you are working on.

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Chewing gum fun fact no.6:

If you’ve ever been on a plane, you will know how it feels for your ears to pop. But you don’t need to worry anymore! A useful fact is that chewing gum can prevent your ears from popping when you’re changing altitude levels on a plane. This is because you produce more saliva when you chew on gum and swallowing helps balance the pressure in your head. So grab some ChewsyGum before heading abroad!

Chewing gum fun fact no.7:

The only animals that can chew on gum are humans! Interestingly, despite studies suggesting we originate from the monkey family, when monkeys were given chewing gum for the first time, they chewed on it for a few minutes before taking it out and sticking it to their fur.

Chewing gum fun fact no.8:

Another useful fun fact about chewing gum is that you can remove it from your hair using peanut butter. You will have to separate the area from the rest of your hair, cover it in peanut butter and start rubbing it out. This is due to the oil found in peanut butter  which helps to separate the gum. Hopefully the monkeys knew this trick too!

There are other ways in which you can remove chewing gum from your hair, but let’s face it, this is the tastiest way to do it.

Chewing gum fun fact no.9:

Do you often get heartburn after eating? The best way to combat this is to chew on some gum! Studies have shown that having a chewing gum after a meal helps with heartburn as it can reduce acid in the esophagus.

Chewing gum fun fact no.10:

The first name for chewing gum was “Blibber-Blubber”. Can you imagine if that stuck? It’s a bit of a mouthful to say the least!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about chewing gum, be sure to take a look through our blog. If you would like any further information on our plant-based, plastic free gum, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team today.

 

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