does bubble gum has rubber in it?

@rjyuggy (102)
August 18, 2008 2:46pm CST
Just Curious. What if this true. Yayyy we are chewing rubber. eww
3 responses
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Up until WWII, chewing gum was made of a substance called chicle mixed with flavorings. Chicle is a latex sap that comes from the sapodilla tree (native to Central America). In other words, chicle is a form of rubber. After WWII, chemists learned how to make artificial gum bases to replace chicle. These gum bases are essentially synthetic rubbers that have the same temperature profile as chicle. Gum bases (either natural or artificial) are mixed with sugar and other flavorings to make chewing gum. When you chew it, the rubber releases these flavorings into your mouth. ­
@rjyuggy (102)
• Canada
20 Aug 08
very informative. thankz
@craner1 (52)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Oh my, I have no clue. I surely hope I would hate to be chewing some rubber gum and have to spit out a piece of tire or Thanks for the comment on my recent discussion! =) Have a wonderful night!
@dagda24 (367)
18 Aug 08
I think it used to but doesn't anymore. I think it used to be made from tree rubber but that it is now synthesised to have the same qualities. I might be wrong though.