does bubble gum has rubber in it?
August 18, 2008 2:46pm CST
Just Curious. What if this true. Yayyy we are chewing rubber. eww
• 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. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/question86.htm