Chewing Gum Facts & Stats

History: Chewing gum was first used during prehistoric times. Men and women of that time chewed on tree resin, which is comparable to bubble gum in today'€™s world. Archaeologists have found that nearly every culture known to man has had gum chewers in some capacity. Ancient Indian tribes used beeswax or sap for recreational chewing.

Invented By: The first chewing gum patent was filed by a Mount Vernon, Ohio dentist in 1869 named William F. Semple. In 1906, the first bubble gum was invented by Frank Henry Fleer called Blibber-Blubber. (

Fun Fact: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest chewing gum bubble ever blown measured 23 inches. The record was set in July 1994 by a Fresno, California woman. (

Do you know these facts about chewing gum?
** The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
**The average person chews over 300 sticks of gum each year!
**In the beginning, chewing gum was made only by hand! Today almost all gum is made by machine.
** Most chewing gum is purchased between Halloween and Christmas.
**Chewing gum, while peeling onions, will keep you from crying.
**Humans are the only animals on earth that chew gum.
**Many dentists now widely recommend chewing sugar-free gum to their patients.

2008 10th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine Study on effects of gum chewing: This Study investigated the effects of gum chewing on mood and cortisol levels during psychological stress and found that chewing gum helped relieve anxiety, improve alertness and reduce stress among individuals in a laboratory setting. The study examined whether chewing gum is capable of reducing induced anxiety and/or acute psychological stress while participants performed a battery of 'multi-tasking' activities. The use of chewing gum was associated with higher alertness, reduced anxiety and stress, and improvement in overall performance on multi-tasking activities.

Curb Your Craving, Think Straight: The U.S. government has been supplying our troops with chewing gum since World War One because it is thought to improve concentration and reduce stress. In recent years, the government has experimented with adding caffeine into the gum to keep soldiers alert and adding an antibacterial agent into the gum to cut back on gum disease and other oral health problems.   (

Dental Health: A helpful way to cure halitosis (bad breath) is to chew gum. Chewing gum not only helps to add freshness to breath but can aid in removing food particles and bacteria associated with bad breath from teeth. It does this by stimulating saliva, which essentially washes out the mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal helps prevent tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association, because the act of chewing the sugar-free gum produces saliva to wash away bacteria, which protects teeth. (

History: Modern chewing gum was first developed in the 1860s when chicle was brought from Mexico by the former president, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, to New York, where he gave it to Thomas Adams for use as a rubber substitute. Chicle did not succeed as a replacement for rubber, but as a gum, which was cut into strips and marketed as Adams New York Chewing Gum in 1871. Black Jack (1884) and €œChiclets€ (1899) soon dominated the market. (

Chewing Gum: The most successful chewing gum company ever is that established by William Wrigley, Jr., in 1892. Although the company, run by the founder's son and grandson after his death in 1932, developed a wide array of flavored gums, it dropped many of these to concentrate on its biggest sellers: Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, and Wrigley's Spearmint.  Recently, the company introduced gum for denture wearers, sugar-free gum, cinnamon-flavored gum, and non-stick bubble gum. The company has never made anything else but gum. (

Popular Brands: Stride, Trident, Extra, 5ive Gum, Orbit, Hubba Bubba Max, Juicy Fruit, Ice Breakers Ice Cubes, Dubble Bubble, Trident Layers, Big League Chew, Mentos Gum, Wrigleys, Bazooka, Bubble Yum, Eclipse Gum, Freshen Up, Fruit Stripe Gum, Big Red, Chiclets, Razzles, and Dentyne.

Chewing Gum Facts: Chewing gums come in a variety of shapes and flavors. Spearmint and peppermint are the most popular flavors of chewing gum today. (

Other Uses For Chewing Gum: Many people use chewing gum to lose weight or stop smoking. In fact, Nicorette gum, the chewing gum designed to curb nicotine cravings was originally created by the Swedish navy to stop sailors from smoking in the enclosed environments of submarines. They had tried other methods prior to Nicorette, but when those didn't work, the nicotine-laced chewable was invented.  (