Chewing Gum And Bubble Gum

January 10, 2009

Chewing Gum Related to Gas Pains

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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.

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October 14, 2008

Removing Chewing Gum from Clothes and furniture

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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

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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 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.

October 1, 2008

Chewing Gum as a Learning Tool

Chewing Gum And Learning Are Linked

Teachers have a ‘thing’ about chewing gun in class – it freaks them out. They never think ahead – that when the dam bursts – the gum can be used to occlude the cracks and save us all. Just kidding. Chewing gum is a learning-tool – as real as a big, red, juicy apple.

If you want to seriously improve your memory up to 28%, improve your IQ about 15 points, and concentrate like Al Einstein

Did you know that Al was a lifelong ‘dyslexic’, and was totally frustrated by reading because his brain reversed words and spelling?

Dyslexia taught Einstein to rely on his ‘imagination’ – the right-brain.

To access your memory and concentration – become a master-learner …Chew Gum. What happens is that the act of chewing speeds up your heartbeat and blood pressure just enough to wake up both left-and right hemispheres to get “in-sync”, to work together.

Does it have to be Gum that you chew?

Nyet, an apple, a turkey-bone or a slice of bread works – but in class or the library chewing on gum – (sugar-free) is more unobtrusive – right?

Who Says So?

The original research began in 2001 and made it to the major-leagues in the following year at the University of Northumbria in Great Britain. The lead- researcher is professor Andrew Scholey who used control-groups for his experiments. Later research using fMRIs (brain scans), reinforced his conclusions.

How Does it Work?

It turns out that the chewing-action creates a bodily (mouth and jaw) rhythm which the brain copies – so that mind-and-body get into ‘entrainment’ – (in-sync).

What happens next is that “insulin” starts flowing because mind-and-body are fooled into expecting real-food coming to the stomach – not just the saliva produced by the chewing-action.

The first discovery was that there are ‘insulin’ receptors (catch-basins), on both the left and the right hemispheres (cerebral cortex). When the insulin pops into the grooves of the left-and-right brains – they excite the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex into cognitive-activity. In plain English – not neuroscience – our attention (concentration), memory, and comprehension (Broca’s and Wernicke’s Areas), kick into gear and boost our learning-skills.

The Test Itself?

Dr. Scholey’s team uses a group who chewed-gum, a second that did not move their lips and jaws, and a third that had no gum, but pretended to chew by moving their jaws up-and-down – they chewed “air”.

The results were revealing – the gum chewers doubled the scores of those who did nothing but keep their jaws shut. The ‘pretend’ group improved – but less than 25% of the ‘gun-chewers’, but significantly compared to the ‘normal’ (non-chewers), people.

What is Going on in The Mind-And-Body?

We conducted our own experiments over a twelve-month period and reproduced Dr. Scholey’s results – he made believers of us.

What happens is that the insulin-connection helps switch the Central Nervous System from Sympathetic to the Parasympathetic System; from fight-or-flight
to-relaxation-mode.

The hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters activate ‘acetylcholine’ instead of epinephrine (adrenalin). When we go to Parasympathetic and ‘inhibit’ fight-or-flight (cortisol), we learn and think with fluidity and speed.

You probably know that your three-pound coconut uses 22% of all the body’s oxygen and glucose (body-fuel). When you study and learn you require an additional 10% oxygen to run the brain in high-gear.

The parasympathetic system leads to an increased amount of oxygen and glucose – and it disposed of larger amounts of Carbon dioxide, than the Sympathetic Nervous System. It’s the insulin that triggers it all to happen.

Endwords

Don’t remember when we chew gum our heartbeat increases about three (3) extra beats per minute. Just stick into your long-term memory that “insulin’ is produced by the chewing-action. Everything good happens from the physiological changed – more oxygen, more glucose (body-and-mind fuel), and disposal of more CO2 – (the debris and toxins that harm our blood vessels and immune system).

Chewing-gum during a test, study-session, giving a presentation or listening to one, is a Speedlearning 100 strategy because it works. You have ‘will’ (volition), and can exercise ‘effort’ (persistence and determination), to improve the language areas of your brain – (left-hemisphere), and ‘pattern-recognition’ area of your right-hemisphere. Getting both to work ‘in-sync’ permits you to access your personal-best
talents and gifts – to ace your objectives.

But – it requires a personal decision – Professor Jeffrey M. Schwartz, UCLA School of Medicine calls it DWE – Directed Willful Effort. You must activate: your Intention – your Attention – and finally your Volition.

It is your job to first, ‘pay-attention’ (concentrate), second, ‘intend’ – to reach the goal of your ‘burning-desire,’ and third, make a decision, (choose).

Volition’ is using your will-and-effort, and requires making a new choice each time.

Tell me – Don’t you require a ‘hoop’ to shoot at – to know if you scored?

The score is a result of you making a decision to be persistent-and-determined to obtain your goal.

That’s DWE – Directed Willful Effort.

Please never forget – you – are the boss of – you – so decide whether you really want to win by exerting the effort necessary. You are hardwired with Freedom-of-Choice, and can choose the correct behavior or veto working at your desired goal.

Volition is using your will to choose.

Oh yeah – reading while chewing gum increase your reading-speed up to 80%.

September 30, 2008

Advantages of Eating Chewing Gum

Chewing gum was the once forbidden snack for every school age child. In the year of 2005, it was named the number one snack choice by Americans. New research indicates it may be good for a number of things that include:

– Helping to manage weight

– To increase focus

– To increase alertness

– To increase concentration

– Helps relieve life’s everyday stresses

Sugar free gum can help prevent tooth decay and freshen breath

Chewing gum is very easy to carry in a purse, tote bag or lunch bag. It is an inexpensive snack low in calories at about 5 to 10 calories per serving. With such low calorie count, it is a good way to munch, reduce calorie intake and avoid higher calorie snacks.

Gum before an afternoon snack can help reduce hunger and decrease calorie intake according to an initial study published in “Appetite” in 2007. It may prove to be an easy and economical way of suppressing the appetite.

This study consisted of adults who chewed gum for 15 minutes at one hour intervals over a three-hour period before eating an afternoon snack. Results were:

– The adults who chewed ate 36 calories less of the snack than adults who did not chew gum. There was no difference found with chewing regular or sugar free gum. Both regular and sugar free helped the adults who chewed gum eat less.

– The role of chewing gum in appetite control and weight management will require more research

You can save 120 calories by chewing two sticks of gum at 20 calories instead of eating 1 to 2 chocolate chip cookies at 140 calories. Sugar free gum also counts as “free” food in weight management food exchange lists.

It is a small lifestyle change that can make a difference long term. Try chewing gum rather than mindless munching to help manage your weight.

Additional benefits of chewing gum might include:

– A simple way to increase focus or relieve tension

– Chewing may help relieve daily stresses associated with driving in traffic or waiting in long lines, waiting at doctors or dentists offices.

– Many athletes and coaches chew gum to help them “stay in the game.”

– Some teachers have reversed their school policies and encouraged students to chew gum during tests to help increase alertness and concentration. Remember when you had to stand in the corner for chewing gum? I dutifully obeyed, but somehow secretly knew, there was something very good about chewing gum! Now the truth finally comes out……

– Some psychiatrists and psychologists believe two reasons why people chew gum are to relieve boredom and reduce tension. I fully agree I was probably bored and tense every time I was caught chewing gum during class time.

– Chewing gum may also help release nervous energy and provide an outlet for frustration and irritation.

September 27, 2008

Learn Blowing Bubbles With Chewing Gum

Many cultures chew substances made from Mother Nature such as grasses, plants and resins. Chewing gum’s history actually dates back to the ancient Greeks, being their favorite hobby. However, it was a William Semple, not a Greek, who first patented chewing gum on 28 December 1869 and a Susan Montgomery who had blown the largest gum bubble ever at 23 inches in diameter. She is recorded in the Guinness World Record.

The most popular brands are not always the best for blowing bubbles. Companies like Bubble Yum and Bubbicilious have created soft, easy to chew, full of flavor, long lasting gum; great for those that want to chew gum, bad for those that want to blow bubbles. If you want to blow championship bubbles, go with a less popular brand like Double Bubble or Bazooka. They contain less sugar and are harder to chew, but offer superior strength for bubbles.

The trick is to use a small amount of gum. If after you have blown your bubble and still find gum in your mouth, it does not mean you need more gum. Just more practice. More gum does not make more bubble. Also, you can only use three pieces of gum to contest the world record.

To beat against the odds of blowing your gum bubbles to their full potential, try to practice indoors where it is easier to manage the wind and temperature. These two factors are crucial to your success. Too cold, the skin of your bubble will get thin and breaks easily; too hot, your bubble will collapse prematurely.

All bubble gum have sugar and artificial flavors in them for taste. However, these two ingredients are bad news for those who want to blow big bubbles. A trick is to masticate your gum until you work out most of the sugar and artificial flavoring, which in turn will create superior strength for your bubbles. The next step is to get your gum at the right consistency. It gets harder as it cools down after you have blown a bubble. Warm it up to become softer by chewing it further. At the correct consistency, you can effortlessly push your tongue through the gum and fill the pocket with air to blow your bubble.

If you want to blow the biggest bubbles possible, be careful and blow slowly. Use slow even breaths, this gives your gum time to stretch and grow, but also keeps even pressure on the gum to keep it from sagging. Don’t tighten your lips around the bubble like you just sucked on a lemon, this will force you to blow harder and pop your bubble. Instead keep your mouth open so you inflate the bubble through a larger hole.

A champion is not born without practice. Then again, in order to blow really big and impressive bubbles, you also need a strong jaw, tongue and diaphragm. You should try out all the tips mentioned above and see which combinations work best for you. It is more fun, which is the main thing, if you can practice and compete with your friends.

September 26, 2008

Invention and History Of Chewing Gum

It’s actually really hard to imagine that chewing gum is one of the oldest types of candy in the world. Archaeologists have actually found evidence that prehistoric men and women used to chew on tree resin because of the flavor it had. This was more than a thousand years ago. It was also discovered that almost all cultures chewed on some form of gum. Ancient Greeks called tree resin “mastiche” and chewed it to clean their teeth and freshen their breath.

Of course, chewing gum and bubble gum didn’t become commercialized in the United States until the mid 1800’s when the Curtis brothers invented gum from spruce tree resin. They charged one penny for two hunks and the popularity quickly spread. Bubble gum was invented by accident just a few decades later when Frank Fleer invented it. It later evolved into America’s first bubble gum, America’s Original Dubble Bubble Gum. Sales of bubble gum actually declined in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s because doctors actually told people to stop chewing bubble gum because they were afraid that it would make peoples’ intestines stick together. Of course, this theory was quickly disproved and gum got back on course. Sales continued to grow for chewing gum and have always remained strong throughout its history.

In 1951, The Topps company, which makes the popular ring pops kids enjoy so much these days, made bubble gum even more popular by pairing a stick of gum with a pack of baseball cards. This technique increased sales in both gum and baseball cards.

Today, bubble gums are made with sugar, corn syrup, flavorings, softeners and latex or plastic. Now, dubble bubble has a new product, America’s Original Dubble Bubble Gum – Fruitastic Flavors, which has also become a big hit among kids. The original color of gum, pink, is still the most popular color and now, sugarless gum is chewed for dental health reasons. Candy makers like the Willy Wonka also want a piece of the gum market and they are making new products that are similar to gum, like Wonka Laffy Taffy Long Lasting Chews. These are not nearly as popular as gum, but they allow candy companies to get by.

These days, Americans chew around three hundred sticks of gum a year and they love every minute of it. Of course, most gum is still purchased right before Halloween and before Christmas as well. This wonderful product as allowed us to keep our mouths busy for as long as we want. The taste isn’t bad either.

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