Chewing Gum And Bubble Gum

January 21, 2009

Driver chokes to death on chewing gum

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , — soccertips4u @ 11:21 am

A LEXUS driver is believed to have choked to death on a wad of chewing gum that slipped into his trachea thanks to the big bump he received when his car was involved in a collision.

Rescuers at first ignored the driver because “the car seemed to have suffered only minor damage” in the accident at about 2am today in Shenyang, the capital of Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, according to the Shenyang Evening News.

They put all their efforts into saving the occupants of the other car — a cab that had been badly damaged in the collision and in which the driver and four passengers were trapped.

They were able to get the cab’s driver and a female passenger out of the wreckage but they had to wait for firemen to arrive because the other three male passengers could not be rescued.

The last man to be rescued was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital, said the report.

When firemen finally turned to the black Lexus, they found the driver has stopped breathing.

Witnesses told police they had seen two women step out of the luxury sedan and walk away right after the collision leaving the driver sitting there.

“We thought he was drunk or had lost consciousness,” said one witness.

Doctors found a piece of chewing gum blocking the man’s trachea after they couldn’t insert a pipe into the trachea.

“Someone must have ignored the red light,” police said. However, a witness, another taxi driver, told the newspaper that the Lexus had caused the tragedy.

January 10, 2009

Chewing Gum Related to Gas Pains

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , — soccertips4u @ 9:49 am

Q. I get a lot of gas and someone told me it would help if I stopped chewing gum all the time (ex-smoker). That sounds like bunk to me. What do you think?

A. It’s not bunk. When you chew gum, you swallow more often and some of what you’re swallowing is air. In addition, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol that is found in some gums can give you gas.

But, what exactly, is gas?

Most people produce between a pint and a half-gallon of gas each day. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from swallowed air make up a large part of gas or “flatus.” Fermenting foods in the colon produce hydrogen and methane as well as carbon dioxide and oxygen.

The unpleasant odor of some flatus is the result of trace gases, such as hydrogen sulfide, indole, and skatole, which are produced when foods decompose in the colon.

We release gas upwardly by belching and downwardly by flatulence. When we swallow air and don’t release it by belching, the air will work its way down and out the rectum. About half the gas passed from the rectum comes from swallowed air.

For the record, normal people pass gas about ten times each day. Twenty times daily is still considered normal.

Some people suffer from bloating caused by gas. Most who suffer from bloating do not generate excessive gas, but they don’t move swallowed air fast enough. Sometimes, gas in these people moves in the wrong direction, returning to the stomach. The gas accumulates and produces discomfort. Some feel more discomfort than others because they don’t tolerate intestinal stretching well.

Another major cause of gas is partially digested food passing from the small intestines to the colon, where bacteria process the food further and produce gases.

December 4, 2008

Wiimote chewing gum for geeks and gamers

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , , — soccertips4u @ 11:51 am

Nintendo Wii Controller Peppermint Gum

The chewing gums are cased in this Wiimote shaped and desiged case. Look nice and I love it seriously. Geeks and gamers and Nintendo fanboy will love it a lot. Yes, I am a geek, wondering does it ships to Malaysia?

October 29, 2008

Xylish Chewing Gum to be Advertised Via Underwears

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , , , , — soccertips4u @ 10:58 am

In what can only be described as a “brief” promotion, the makers of Japan’s popular Xylish chewing gum are giving away 10,000 pairs of wild & wacky underwear.  Now there’s an alternative to sourcing your pants/panties from a vending machine!

Meiji is one of Japan’s top candy & confectionery makers and business couldn’t be sweeter. The company’s “Xylish” chewing gum with xylitol, a tooth-friendly sugar substitute, is a big hit but apparently not big enough as Meiji’s latest wacky promotion indicates. I’ve written about Japan’s weird chewing gums before, but Xylish extends the weirdness to the marketing end of things.

Wear a prize above your thighs!Wear a prize above your thighs!

The path to the top of the rock candy mountain evidently leads from underneath… your waistline, that is. Want to win some wacky undies? First buy some Xylish xylitol gum.

"Happy Anniversary, Honey!"“Happy Anniversary, Honey!”
Here’s how it works – find the numerical promo code inside a pack or plastic tub of Xylish xylitol gum – look for the red briefs-shapped icon on the label. Then visit the dedicated website and type in the code.

Select from mens underwear or women’s hipster panties, note your preferred size & pattern (and there are 30 to choose from, including infamous Number 21, “Gas”), and input your contact info. If you’re one of 10,000 winners of the draw conducted this December, start checking the mailbox for your new shorts!

October 16, 2008

Ingredients Used to Make a Chewing Gum

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , , , , , — soccertips4u @ 7:40 am

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. Just like rubber bands don’t dissolve when you chew them, neither does chicle. Chicle is a good bit softer than rubber bands and happens to soften more when it gets warm in your mouth. If you freeze chicle with ice, it gets very stiff — chicle hardens and softens over a pretty narrow temperature range.

kid blowing bubble

Gum bases are mixed with sugar and other flavorings to make chewing gum.

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. ­

October 14, 2008

Removing Chewing Gum from Clothes and furniture

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , , , , — soccertips4u @ 4:47 am

Chewing gum can be a real pain when it gets stuck to clothing, furniture or carpets my tips below will help you get rid of this common pest.

When gum gets stuck to clothing the following method can be applied. Firstly, scrape off as much as you can, the less there is the faster you can remove it.

The reason why gum is so hared to remove is because at room temperature it becomes gooey which makes it a lot more awkward and stubborn. To counter act this state you need to place the garment into a plastic bag and then into your freeze, leaving it to cool for 30 minutes.

When you have done this remove the said item from the freezer and the bag and scrape it off, this should me most if not all of the gum. If any remains then use methylated spirit to get rid of it.

Obviously, when chewing gum gets into your carpets or furnishings you can’t put them into the freezer. Instead you need to improvise. Place ice cubes onto the affected area, in order to harden the gum and then just peel it off. As above, if any remains then use methylated spirit to get rid of it. This method has been personally tried and tested by me therefore you have my assurance that it does work

There you have it, you now know how the get rid of nasty chewing gum. No more unsightly marks caused by chewing gum, what a relief.

October 10, 2008

Mystery of Chewing Gum and Fresh Breath

Filed under: bubble gum, Chewing Gum — Tags: , , , , , , , , — soccertips4u @ 12:44 pm

Most of us have carried a package of mint chewing gum around in a pocket, as much for a quick breath fix as for the pleasure of chewing it, but does gum freshen breath? With very few exceptions, chewing gums contain no ingredients that have any lasting effect on your breath – they just temporarily replace the odor on your breath with a mint odor, or some other odor like cinnamon or fruit.

So the answer to the question, “Does gum freshen breath,” is both yes and no. Yes – if all you need is momentary freshness, or something to cover the smell of a recently smoked cigarette until it dissipates on its own, gum will probably work just fine (though a strong mint candy might be even better). Choose one of the brands that makes a claim about freshening breath for the best results. A few brands of gum do contain ingredients that do more than mask odor. Chlorophyll, for example, seems to soak up odors and neutralize them, though it doesn’t address the source of the odor, and specialized products now deliver oxygen to the back of the mouth, where odor producing bacteria thrive, to actually reduce odor production. These specialized products, however, are not available in the candy lane at the grocery store.

And no (does gum freshen breath) – if your halitosis problem is chronic and you’d like to say goodbye to it for good, think about trying something a little more effective than a stick of gum. Good oral cleaning products are available that help remove plaque and trapped food particles from the mouth and fight off the bacteria that cause halitosis in one way or another. Many of these products have been around for years, while others use new and novel approaches to the problem of halitosis. Choose one that claims to be antiseptic or antibacterial. Some contain chemicals that kill bacteria; others contain oil that picks up the bacteria and carries them off; some contain oxygenating ingredients that deliver oxygen (the odor producing bacteria in your mouth don’t do well in the presence of oxygen). Check how your chosen product is supposed to work, and if you don’t get good results, try a different product with a different approach.

So does gum freshen breath? Well, no, not usually, but many of us enjoy chewing it anyway – just for the taste.

October 7, 2008

Chewing Gum as a Transplant Rejection Remedy

One of the biggest fears for transplant patients is rejection after a successful surgery. It does not matter if it is a foreign object or a part from someone elses body; living flesh. Nevertheless, there is always a risk and the patient knows this and the doctors know there are also odds involved in any transplant surgery of any type.

It is for this reason that I believe we should develop an ionically charged chewing gum to help these transplant victims. It could also be used to cause bonding of certain electrolytes so they could not enter the body, which would subdue the immune system for transplants or prosthesis preventing rejection?

As the patient chews the gum it would slowly release the charged fluid into the saliva and into the stomach and therefore help. Consider if you will the fat-blocker principle, which prevents fat from entering the system, by binding with it in the stomach and thus it goes out without being digested properly.

People who are over weight love this, because they can eat their favorite sweets without all that entering their system and ending up expanding their bellies. This would be a similar strategy but it would take out the nutrients that the immune system might use to fight the transplant temporarily and then once the body was use to the new part you could switch to regular Peppermint Gum. Consider all this in 2006.

October 4, 2008

Best Chewing Gum Removal Methods

Discarded gum seems to get stuck everywhere, the seats of buses and trains, playgrounds, car parks and on every street. And then it sticks to you! So what are the best methods of removing chewing gum?

Chewing gum litter is such a big problem that many home-spun methods of removing chewing gum have developed. They are often cheaper and simpler than the many commercial cleaning products that are available. It can also be difficult to know what the chemical ingredients in commercial chewing gum removal products will do to your clothes.

Getting Rid of Single Blobs of Gum

1. Salt and Washing up Liquid

This popular method is useful if the gum has spread out on the material of a garment. Add a little washing up liquid to the gum and then add salt. Rub the gum with another piece of material to remove it.

2. Freezing the Gum

This technique than can be used to remove chewing gum from shoes, clothes, carpets, mats and even hair. If the item will fit, put it in the fridge or freezer for several hours, or even leave it overnight. Once frozen, the gum should become brittle and be easy to scrap and chip off.

Chewing gum on larger items of clothing, carpets and people can be frozen with ice cubes in a plastic bag.

Solvents such as white spirit and lighter fluid can be used to remove any remnants of gum that are left. Be sure to check that the solvent doesn’t harm the material by applying a small amount to a hidden area, such as a hem or an old piece of carpet.

A normal machine wash or dry-clean should finish the job for clothes and carpets can be shampooed.

3. A Beaten Egg White

Once the bulk of the chewing gum has been removed (e.g. by picking it out or freezing), rub a lightly beaten egg white into the remains for a few minutes. Continued rubbing should then result in the chewing gum being removed completely.

Chewing Gum Removal Over Large Areas

Chewing gum litter is a massive problem across the UK, despite the wrapper which can be used to dispose of it without any mess and the litter bins which are on every street corner. Blobs of chewing gum can be found on pavements, streets and pedestrian areas in almost every town and city.

Discarded chewing gum in the UK has been classified as litter by legislation which came into effect in 2005. This means that people can be fined if they are caught throwing gum away carelessly and that Local Authorities have a duty to clear it up.

Another problem with power washing is that the gum can sometime just be moved and then stick somewhere else.

The latest custom made gum removal machines use a combination of steam (sometimes under pressure) and chemical detergents to lift wads of gum off of hard surfaces. This type of process destroys the gum completely and the machines often include brushes and/or a vacuum to clear up the residue.

October 3, 2008

Weight Loss and Chewing Gum Combination

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) probably lent an inadvertent boost to chewing gum sales this month. The journal reported that chewing gum containing the artificial sweetener sorbitol could lead to severe weight loss. To most desperate to diet ears, that sounds like good news. However, this extreme weight loss was the result of intense gum chewing that provoked several negative side effects.

The BMJ report actually only involved two women, not exactly the material you would want to base widespread medical recommendations on. Both women experienced unexplained severe weight loss and diarrhea. Ultimately, researchers pinned the source of the copious bowel movements and weight loss as 20 grams of sorbitol the ladies consumed daily by smacking on about 15 to 20 sticks of gum a day.

Besides bowel problems, the women also experienced bloating and gas. After the ladies cut back on the gum chewing, the diarrhea and sudden weight loss stopped.

That negative gum news contradicts the findings of the Wrigley Science Institute (WSI). The WSI is an organization that researches new benefits of chewing gum in an effort to increases sales of Wrigley gums like Extra and Juicy Fruit.

In 2007, a study involving 60 participants, aged 18 to 54, were asked to consume a sweet and salty afternoon snack after chewing a sweetened gum or not chewing gum. Hunger, appetite and cravings were rated immediately after lunch, and then hourly.

Based on the findings of this study, the WSI delineated the following benefits of gum chewing:

  • Chewing gum significantly reduced caloric intake by 25 calories and specifically reduced sweet snack intake by 39 calories; salty snacks were decreased by 11 calories.
  • Hunger and desire to eat were significantly suppressed by chewing gum at one, two and three hour intervals after lunch.
  • Participants reported that chewing gum improved their mood by reducing anxiety and stress, and increasing contentment and relaxation.
  • In a similar study among individuals not actively trying to manage their weight, chewing gum reduced snack intake by average of 36 calories.
  • Data combined from both studies found that chewing gum reduced intake of the sweet snack in particular by an average of 47 calories.

While the Wrigley’s research seems promising, another study published in the journal Appetite unveiled no weight loss benefits related to chewing gum. This study involved 47 volunteers and explored the influence of sweetened chewing gum on appetitive ratings, meal patterning and food intake.

Investigators imposed three test conditions on study participants after they ate lunch at a laboratory: no gum chewing, gum chewing two hours after lunch and gum chewing when hungry. The volunteers completed each treatment (eating lunch then reporting what happned), one day a week for three weeks.

Throughout the remainder of the day, participants self-recorded data about their mood, appetite and food intake. The results revealed that appetite ratings, meal patterning and food intake do not differ among the three treatment conditions.

Apparently, chewing gum can provoke weight loss by either provoking more bowel movements or by distracting you from excessive eating. Just pay attention to the sweetener used in your gum, because artificial sugars have their respective potentially negative side-effects like gas, annoying smacking and uncontrollable bowel movements.

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