For thousands of years people of all cultures have enjoyed the benefits of chewing gum. Ancient Greeks first called this substance mastiche, because it was derived from the resin of mastic trees. Ancient Mayans soon followed and changed the name to chicle, which they made from the sap of sapodilla trees. Finally, North American Indians chewed the sap of spruce trees, and ultimately passed the habit onto early American settlers (About.com Inventors). Over the years this delicious substance has been altered to suit the needs of the chewer. Gum offers its consumers a range of health benefits as well as a tasty and prolonging treat. Whether used to freshen coffee breath before a date or to stay awake during an important class, this universally underappreciated substance is ready for any occasion. Unlike other snacks that might disappoint, gum has virtually no calories and helps to promote a healthy lifestyle.
With approximately 1,000 various types of gum in the United States alone, there is at least one flavor, texture, or smell that even the pickiest person will enjoy. Once unwrapped from its waxed paper shield, this vulnerable and sugary candy aspires to be chomped on by the nearest set of teeth, bringing joy to its demanding consumers. Some believe that gum is only useful for a quick snack to hold them over until their next meal, but in reality, gum is so much more versatile. When unfortunate chefs have to dice up harsh and unforgiving onions, their eyes instantaneously may begin to burn – but little do they know that chewing on a piece of gum while cutting onions actually reduces the amount of tears produced. Interesting, eh? Not only can chewing gum reduce tears when cutting onions, it can also prevent ears from popping while on airplanes by producing 250% more saliva (gleegum.com). The formation of this extra saliva causes one to swallow much more often, balancing the pressures in the head.
Gum has been scientifically proven to offer its consumers numerous amounts of health benefits. Senior citizens who have a hard time remembering things can increase the blood flow to their brains, ultimately improving their memory, simply by chewing on a piece of gum. The rhythmic motion of...