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MONKEY SEE, MONKEY CHEW

Priya, the Capuchin monkey, loves Glee Gum. That’s right, you heard me – I said monkey. Unlike the misguided (but adorable) monkey who stole our hearts in the 1994 hit “Monkey Trouble”, Priya is a good girl who, like the rest of us, enjoys a sweet treat every now and then. When her human, Amy, told me she bought Glee Gum for her monkey, I thought she was joking. I mean, monkeys can’t chew gum, right? But it turns out, that’s not entirely true.

In fact, animals in the wild do chew and/or eat tree saps or gums. For example, there are “Gummivores” – primates and other tree dwelling herbivores whose primary diets consist of gums and saps of trees. This includes marmosets, lemurs, koalas, and even adorable bush babies. Granted, they usually ingest the gum, but they offset that by resting during digestion, to give the gum plenty of… travel time. Heck, Marmosets will spend up to a third of their day sacrificing social interactions and grooming, two of their most favorite things, to nap and digest. Then there are the animals that just plain old like to chew things: cows, beavers, termites, even your own dog – no slipper is safe!

With all the junk available out there, it would be all too easy for Priya to have an unhealthy diet. So like any good mom, when Amy learned about the plastics and chemicals that most chewing gums today are made of, she knew she had to find something better. After some online digging, she came across our site and found Glee Gum. About as close to a tree as a chewing gum can get, vegan Glee is plastic-free, plant based, and allergy friendly, 3 characteristics that have always been important to us, and to our customers.

When Amy learned about Glee Gum, she knew she had to have Priya try it. And even better, she was kind enough to share the experience with us! Note: don’t worry about the sounds that Priya makes when you watch it. “The chirp she is making is her love sound”, Amy says, “she’s in heaven when she makes it.”

NOTE: Please do not feed your pets anything without running it by their vet first. What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander!

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Chewing Gum – What’s Vegan Got to Do with It?

Written by Deborah Schimberg

Feb 5th is National Bubblegum Day, and we’ve got VEGAN on our minds. One might ask, what does being vegan have to do with bubblegum? Well, with the launch of our new certified vegan Glee Gum line and compostable packaging, we wanted to share why we felt it was important to feature not only the Non-GMO Project Verified logo and Kosher certification, but also our new vegan certification, on the packages.

Plant-based diets are becoming more and more popular these days- in fact, since 2004, there’s been a 3000% increase in the number of vegans in the USA!  Today, almost 10 million people, or 3% of the population eats no meat, fish, or other animal by-products, like milk, eggs, or honey.

Generally, people choose a vegan lifestyle for one of 3 reasons: they are concerned about the animal cruelty and human labor in the meat and animal processing industries, they are concerned about climate change, and/or they feel that a plant-based diet is healthier.

Meat production accounts for as much as 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, and clear-cutting for pasture land destroys 6.7 million acres of tropical forest per year.  So eating lower on the food chain helps food more people and protect our natural environment.  Also, the conditions for workers in slaughterhouses and industrial agriculture industries are routinely exposed as being inhumane.  There is also lots of evidence that eating more nutrient-rich plant-based foods is good for our hearts, helps protect against some cancer, etc.  3 pretty major justifications for changing what we eat.

But isn’t all gum vegan?  No!  In fact, Glee Gum until recently had both beeswax and resinous glaze in the colored gum coating to make it shinier.  Not any longer- we believe that going vegan means living more lightly on the Earth.  Our certification makes it easy for vegans to recognize that Glee Gum has had all its ingredients verified.  Change what you chew!

OIP - Certifed vegan

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Chewing Gum Helps You Concentrate….But Why?

With Halloween right around the corner and a new era of parent-guided remote learning pushing our parent buttons, candy and chewing gum are on our minds. Lately an influx of parents and grandparents are writing to thank us for providing the clean sugar-free chewing gum that their kids/grandkids chew during these remote learning and hybrid sessions to keep them focused. So we wondered: why exactly does chewing Glee Gum help with concentration?

It turns out, the repetitive motion of chewing gum is a movement that causes your blood pressure and heart rate to rise, and thus increases the flow of blood to your brain. This increased flow bathes your brain in oxygen and causes a state of arousal or alertness. During these short-lived periods of alertness, the brain experiences some increase in cognitive functioning, especially with visual memory recall tasks and attention span/concentration. Pretty cool, right?

What’s even cooler is that educators have applied this concept to the classroom to help kids with a variety of issues that affect their ability to concentrate and learn. In Scandinavian countries, where natural sweeteners like Xylitol are all the rage, schools have sugar-free chewing gum and lozenge dispensers right in the classrooms to help improve oral hygiene and concentration alike! Here in the US, many schools are starting to jump on board the chewing gum train by allowing students to chew, even if only during testing.

We’re so happy that we can provide a clean (and sugar-free!) tool to help kids focus on schoolwork, be it at home, online, or in the classroom. And for homeschooling teachers and parents who are struggling with some attention spans, maybe give them a couple of pieces of Sugar-Free Glee Gum during their next quiz and see if it helps re-engage them!

How to Treat Dry Mouth

How to Treat Dry Mouth at Home With Chewing Gum

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, occurs when your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, creating discomfort. This condition can be caused by a variety of conditions or as a side effect of medication. If you suffer from it, you may wonder how to treat dry mouth at home. Chewing gum is an option that may work for you.

Dry mouth can range from being mildly uncomfortable to downright painful, and chronic cases cause more than just pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic dry mouth can cause tooth decay, difficulty swallowing, mouth sores, and even gum disease.

Luckily, there is a simple solution: increasing salivation by chewing sugar-free chewing gum. The act of chewing gum itself can increase salivation by up to 10 times the normal rate. The increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth. Chewing gum to the rescue!

We hear from many Glee Gum fans who chew our all-natural gum as a way to treat their dry mouth. Sheryl M. of Missouri says that her dentist actually “prescribed” her to chew xylitol gum to correct the condition.

“I have always been a gum chewer, but had actually almost stopped chewing completely because almost ALL of the standard gum brands now have artificial sweeteners in them,” Sheryl said. “I was happy to find Glee.”
So grab a piece of all-natural, sugar-free Glee Gum. Your mouth will thank you!

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Ease the Pain of Acid Reflux by Chewing Gum

When you think of acid reflux, does the merry jingle of bubblegum pink Pepto Bismol pop into mind? If you suffer from acid reflux, chances are, “merry” is not how you think of it. It is certainly not merry to live with the painful and often debilitating symptoms of GERD or acid reflux. However, some people living with acid reflux are able to ease their painful symptoms by chewing gum.

Folks suffering from acid reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease/GERD) experience harmful stomach acids flowing back into their esophagus, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can cause a variety of symptoms like:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Burning sensations in the throat and chest
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Permanent damage to the esophagus

In fact, according to some medical experts, like Dr. Mark Hyman, acid reflux is the third most expensive condition, behind heart disease and diabetes. And with estimates that 20% of Americans live with GERD today, that means 1 in 5 people reading this blog feel that burn, in more ways than one.

While there are plenty of medications that can help treat acid reflux, some turn to more natural options. Lifestyle changes like avoiding trigger foods, sleeping at an incline, and even chewing gum can help ease the painful symptoms. That’s right – I said chewing gum!

The health benefits of chewing gum have been known for some time; many studies have demonstrated that chewing gum can help improve memory, focus, and reaction time, as well as reduce stress, and anxiety, too. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which alkalizes the acids in your mouth. That alkaline saliva washes down your esophagus, easing irritation, and into your stomach, neutralizing the acids there, too.

But you don’t want to chew just any gum. Most conventional gums are chock full of unhealthy sugars and synthetic ingredients that can be more harmful to your health than good.

Patrick suffers from acid reflux, and he shared his experiences using all-natural chewing gum to help manage his condition:

 

Over the years I’ve been experiencing acid reflux on a consistent basis after eating, resulting in my dependence on heartburn medication. Later I found that chewing gum was a great alternative to my heartburn medication. While I was thrilled with how simply chewing gum was a healthier alternative to pharmaceutical medicine in helping resolve my condition, I was disappointed to learn about the unhealthy chemicals in many mainstream chewing gums out there. With a little research I found a few healthy alternative brands that do not use synthetic chemicals. Which was great news, but as I did more research I also learned about the environmental impact of chewing gum manufacturing. As I continued to search, I eventually came across Glee Gum. Which seems to be a win, win, win, solution for me. A healthy and natural chewing gum to help with my acid reflux, while maintaining sustainable environmental practices, and at a reasonable price. -Patrick, Glee Gum customer

 

Stick with a natural sugar-free chewing gum that will prevent (instead of incite) tooth decay, like Glee Gum sweetened with xylitol, which gives the added benefit of additional PH neutralization, saliva stimulation, and protection against tooth decay. Plus, it’s safe for people who have diabetes and those who follow the keto diet, too, since xylitol is shown to have negligible effects on glucose levels.

So the next time your esophagus is feeling a little acidic, grab a few pieces of Glee Sugar-Free chewing gum and show that acid you mean business!

Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit with Ingredients

How to Make Your Own Chocolate, Gummies, and Chewing Gum During Social Distancing

Traditional skills like baking bread, knitting, and gardening seem to be making a comeback. Many people are looking for productive activities to do while at home practicing social distancing due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Why not make your own candy, too? Glee Gum’s educational, tasty Make Your Own Candy Kits will teach you how to make your own chocolate, gummies, and chewing gum.

We rounded up some of our favorite bloggers’ and YouTubers’ guides to making chocolate, gummy candy, and chewing gum in the list below.

 

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit

 

You may love chocolate, but do you know the history of this decadent dessert? Combining chemistry, world culture, history, and pure deliciousness, the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit is perfect for a kids’ homeschool project, grown-up date night, or family activity.

The Hayes family making chocolate

The Hayes family enjoyed completing the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit with loved ones – via video call, due to social distancing.

Make Your Own Gummies

 

Sweet, chewy gummy candy is a kid-favorite. A lot of gummy candy you find at the store is made with animal gelatin, but did you know that the great gummy texture can also be made with carrageenan from seaweed? Your family can find out all about it with the Make Your Own Gummies Kit, plus the lesson plan, if you want to learn even more!

Soaking seaweedSoaking seaweed is just one step in vegan-gummy making! Photo by Fun Learning Life.

Make Your Own Chewing Gum

 

If you’re a fan of Glee Gum, you will LOVE making your own chewing gum using our all-natural chicle chewing gum base. If you make your own chewing gum, you can choose your own flavors. The blogs and videos below are full of great ideas for creating your own custom chewing gum.

You can also read about how our founder, Deborah Schimberg, was inspired to create Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kits — and later, Glee Gum — in this blog on Fairtrade America.

 

Lucky Penny’s video about our Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit is one of our favorites!

Have you tried one of our candy kits to make your own chocolate, gummies, or chewing gum? Tag us in your pictures on Instagram @glee.gum for a chance to be featured on our page!