True & False Facts on Chewing Gum


Chewing gum is popular among children, sports players and other groups. Although the first commercial chewing gum was made in 1848 by John Bacon Curtis, the practice of chewing a gum-like substance dates to the ancient Greeks.


Gum is made up of a resin gum-base, sweeteners, softeners and food coloring. Greeks chewed a gummy substance called mastiche, a type of resin combined with beeswax, and American Indians used a chewing gum made from spruce resin.

Types of Gum

Henry and Frank Fleer produced the first bubble gum in 1880. It was made from chicle from a sapodilla tree. Henry Fleer and William Wrigley created the first spearmint gum in 1914, when they added mint and fruit extracts to gum.

Health Benefits

Contrary to some beliefs, chewing gum is considered to be a healthy substance. According to, it improves dental health and alertness, reduces tension, improves memory, and helps people lose calories and exercise their jaws.


Contrary to popular beliefs, chewing gum does not take seven years to pass through a person's body if it is swallowed. Gum is ingested and eliminated from the body in a similar manner to other substances.

Baseball Connections

During World War I, gum companies began to manufacture trading cards. One of the first gum companies to produce cards was the Goudey Gum Co. In 1948, Bowman Gum began to sell cards with sticks of bubble gum.


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