Do You Know What Your Chewing Gum Contains?
Progressive Grocer|December 2019
For many people, chewing gum is not only a way to control food cravings or pass the time, it’s a way of life! Unfortunately, not many know about the adulterants found in chewing gum, the use of artificial additives, and their effect on our health.
Dr Saurabh Arora

Do you know that every time you pop your favourite chewing gum in your mouth, you could actually be chewing a secretion from sheep’s wool? Yes, that’s right! It has been found that chewing gum contains lanolin, which is a waxy secretion from the sebaceous glands of the skin of sheep. Its function is to make sheep’s wool waterproof. For this reason, lanolin is generally an ingredient in skin products, which is fine. But using it as an ingredient in chewing gum? Moreover, since lanolin is present as a component of chewing gum base (the rubbery substance that imparts the “chewable” characteristic to chewing gum), which is regarded as a normal industry standard, manufacturers do not need to reveal its individual ingredients. Therefore, the innocent-looking chewing gum might not be as innocuous as you thought!

What goes into making chewing gum?

Chewing gum is typically composed of gum base, softeners, sweeteners and flavours. These are briefly discussed below.

Gum Base: As indicated earlier, the gum base is rubbery in nature, and used to be derived from latex sap (called chicle) of the sapodilla tree. Other natural sources include gum Arabic, natural resin, food-grade agar, chiku, ghatti, jhingan, khair, etc.

However, nowadays, with the advent of rubber synthesis technology, synthetic rubber is primarily used for making the gum base. These include: • Synthetic resin • Polyvinyl acetate • Polyethylene • Glycerol esters of wood resin/gum resin • Glycerol esters of partially hydrogenated wood/ gum resin

As has been indicated above, there are many components of gum base (besides lanolin) that remain unknown to the consumer, since the manufacturers have no intention of declaring about them, in the absence of any strict regulations that would force them to do so.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM PROGRESSIVE GROCERView All

Live Masterclass With Chef Saransh Goila And Olives From Spain At The IHE Expo Virtual Hospitality Show

OLIVES FROM SPAIN PARTICIPATES AT IHE EXPO WITH A LIVE MASTERCLASS CONDUCTED BY SARANSH GOILA TO SURPRISE HIS CHEF COLLEAGUES WITH CREATIVE RECIPES USING OLIVES FROM SPAIN TO CREATE HIS VERSION OF INDIAN TAPAS. . .

2 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Technology, Innovation and Invention are Transforming the Spice Industry

A LOOK AT HOW INCREASING RELIANCE ON TECHNOLOGY, CREATIVE INNOVATIONS ACROSS MANUFACTURING, PRODUCT CONCEPTUALIZING, MARKETING, AND OPTIMIZED BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS HAVE BECOME THE NEW NORM OF THE INDIAN SPICE INDUSTRY POST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.…

4 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati: The Legend that Shaped India's Foodscape

THE OWNER OF MDH SPICES AND ITS ICONIC FACE, DHARAMPAL GULATI, PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 98. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, HE WAS UNDERGOING POST-COVID TREATMENT AT A HOSPITAL IN DELHI FOR WEEKS TOGETHER BEFORE SUCCUMBING TO A CARDIAC ARREST IN THE EARLY HOURS OF DECEMBER 3, 2020.

4 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Paras Spices Pvt. Ltd.: Spicing up with innovation

The FMCG Industry is expected to grow more in the domestic as well as in International markets. People are moving more towards e-commerce platforms and adapting new ways of technology for consumer durable products. So increase in technology adoption is expected to rise exponentially in the coming years,” – Paras Budhiraja, Director Paras Spices Pvt. Ltd.

2 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Rakesh Group: Using Technology & Innovation to Produce Authentic Flavours

EVER SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THE RAKESH GROUP HAS EMPHASIZED ON PRODUCING ONLY PREMIUM QUALITY PRODUCTS WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON TASTE, TEXTURE, OR AROMA, AND TO ENSURE THIS, THE COMPANY ADHERES TO A SERIES OF METICULOUSLY FORMULATED PROCESSES…

4 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

FMCG Brands: Re-Engineering the Sales & Distribution System is the Need of the Hour

IT IS TIME FOR COMPETITIVE BRANDS TO USHER IN MORE INNOVATIVE AND EFFICIENT PLUG AND PLAY SALES AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS TO LEVERAGE THE POTENTIAL OF THEIR BRAND…

3 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Fulfillment Prophecy

AS RETAILERS RING IN THE NEW YEAR, THEY’RE LASER-FOCUSED ON E-COMMERCE LOGISTICS.

10+ mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Ease of access to customers across multiple channels is our USP, says Modern Bazaar's Kunaal Kumar

MODERN BAZAAR WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE YEAR 1971, WHEN FOUNDER VISHWANT KUMAR REALISED THAT THERE WAS A DISCERNING CONSUMER WHO WAS LOOKING FOR A BETTER AND WIDER RANGE OF CONSUMABLE PRODUCTS WITHOUT HAVING TO TRAVEL ABROAD FOR THEM. IT WAS INDIA’S FIRST SUPERMARKET WHICH PROVIDED THE CUSTOMER WITH A WIDE RANGE OF QUALITY PRODUCTS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD AND UNDER ONE ROOF...…

6 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

Center Store Solutions

HERE ARE SIX WAYS THAT GROCERS CAN GROW IN 2021.

9 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020

What's The Proper Path For Better Payments?

How the pandemic and loyalty can help food retailers get a firmer handle on transactions.

9 mins read
Progressive Grocer
December 2020
RELATED STORIES

Yoga - An Ancient Solution For A Modern Problem

We find out how yoga may help to ease the symptoms of IBS and other digestive problems.

4 mins read
Optimum Nutrition
Spring 2019

Trust Your Gut When It Comes To Weight Loss

Rethinking our approach to food is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to being a healthy weight, discovers Louise Pyne.

6 mins read
Women's Fitness
Summer 2016

3 Secrets for a Healthier Gut

Natural relief for IBS and more.

5 mins read
Better Nutrition
April 2016

Follow This 5 Step Plan To Boost Your Gut Health!

New research shows your intestinal flora affects everything from your weight to your happiness. We reveal how with our five-step plan to improve your gut health – and your wellbeing!

8 mins read
Health & Fitness
March 2016

ASK THE DOCTOR

Doctor Dawn Harper answers all your medical questions...

5 mins read
WOMAN'S OWN
November 09 - 16, 2020

Stirk ‘razy!

Oh I’ve really missed my springtime outing to Stafford, bit of a pilgrimage really. I’ve done both shows now for more years than I care (or dare) to remember.

4 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
November 2020

EXAMINING INDIA AT IBSA

Global politics is a place where state interacts with other states through several ways – bilateralism, forming groups or alliances, and building up institutions or organizations for serving their own national interests.

6 mins read
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist
August 2020

The economy would revive by December 2023

IBS software's chairman and CEO Mr. V K Mathews tells Aviation Update editor-in-chief, Mr. B Kartikeya, on the current business opportunities, economic growth and the government's role to support the civil aviation & logistics.

3 mins read
Aviation Update
July 2020

The Classical Detective

The ancient world is thriving in suburban Surrey. Claire Saul talks to acclaimed classicist Daisy Dunn

3 mins read
Surrey Life
January 2020

A Perfect Storm

Blashford Lakes near Ringwood is the latest reincarnation of a landscape with a chequered past

4 mins read
Hampshire Life
November 2019