Originally, chewing gum was made from tree sap but today's commercial brands are loaded with harmful ingredients and chemicals.
The modern day chewing gums are made of four major ingredients including synthetic rubber, plastic, sugar, and coloring (dye).
Modern day gums are produced from synthetic polymers such as styrene-butadie ne rubbers and polyvinyl acetate.
The final product is composed of 60% sugar, 20% corn syrup, and only 20% actual gum material.
People do not typically swallow gum, so they pay very little attention to the ingredients. The assumption is that if it is not swallowed, then it is not a concern.
However, the ingredients in gum travel into the bloodstream faster and in higher concentrations than food ingredients, because they absorb straight through the walls of the mouth, and they do not undergo the normal filtration process of digestion.
Gum is typically the most toxic product in supermarkets that is intended for consumption, and it is likely to kill any pet that eats it. Commercial gum products contain roughly the same list of toxic ingredients, with differing labeling, which is virtually always designed to be deceptive.
Common Ingredients of Gum:
2. Gum Base
6. Artificial and 'Natural' Flavoring
8. Acesulfame Potassium
11. Calcium Casein Peptone-calcium Phosphate
12. Candelilla Wax
13. Sodium Stearate
14. Titanium Dioxide (so cancerous that external skin contact is enough)
In essence, Chewing gum is regarded as a harmless cultural tradition but chewing gum itself contains many ingredients that may be hazardous to our health.