Petroleum Products: Gum


Traditionally, chewing gum was made from tree saps, but since that’s not the case today, what makes a gum gummy?

Well, if you read the package, you’ll find an ingredient listing for ‘gum base’, and if you’ve ever wondered why your mom always told you not to swallow your gum, it’s probably because this chewy base is commonly made from plastics and rubbers derived from petroleum.  

That’s right, even your chewing and bubble gums are made from petroleum-based polymers. 

Here, a link to a Youtube video for Discovery's How It's Made: Bubble Gum 

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