Phthalates – bad, Glee Gum – good!

Many people take the time to write to us and let us know how important it is to them that our natural chewing gum is plastic-free. Once you learn about the synthetic chemicals and artificial ingredients that are found in conventional chewing gums (like polyethylene or BHT), it’s hard not to seek out something cleaner. And now, it appears as though those harmful additives are doing more damage to our health than we realized: CNN journalist Sandee Lamotte reports on a new study just released that appears to find a link between phthalates, a common type of plastic found in foods and its packaging, and early death. You can check out Sandee’s report here, along with some helpful ways that you can avoid these harmful plastics in your life. Stay healthy, go plastic-free, go Glee!

Phthalates: Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds – CNN

The Treat Bucket Color Conundrum

Do we recognize “trick or treating” anymore? The increasing wave of health consciousness has caused major shifts in the way we celebrate this traditional pinnacle of Halloween, in the past a gorging of candy. More aware than ever of the rising wave of obesity in America, and of the plethora of food allergies and sensitivities, Halloween has become the target for movements creating national awareness and inspiring change in how we trick or treat.

One new development surrounds the color of the bucket kids use to collect their treats. Teal buckets, for example, indicate that the child has a food allergy.  Blue buckets indicate that a child may have Autism or is nonverbal. Purple buckets indicate epilepsy.  The goal is to help make Halloween more inclusive for children who may have been excluded previously. Just because a kid doesn’t shout “trick or treat” when you open the door, it doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy the holiday or appreciate the treat.

So that sounds pretty well intended, right? But we are also well aware of an old saying about good intentions and the roads they pave if we aren’t careful. Opposition to this movement in particular point out that making kids who already have enough trouble managing their medical condition or disability further labels them and only serves to cause these kids discomfort while trick or treating. Plus, it puts the added cost and time on houses to buy additional specialty candy. One mom who has written to us in the past about buying Glee Gum for her son with Autism said she feels that Halloween is a holiday that all should get to enjoy, without stigmas.

As a company whose public mission to educate and encourage sustainability practices and healthier food choices, we felt it important to weigh in. Instead of picking one side or the other, we aim for middle ground, by encouraging folks to simply switch all the candy to healthier options. All trick or treaters deserve allergy-friendly treats. So, rather than buying different candies and identifying buckets, we suggest finding natural healthy treats and giving those away to all – this way, everyone can focus on what’s important: good old fashioned trick or treating.


While there are many options on the market and lots of fun recipes and ideas that you can try, we personally love our 2pc single serving Glee Gum minis and our yummy Glee Gum Pops. Both are natural, allergy-friendly, and available in bulk options that are a little less scary for your wallet.

Looking for a fun Halloween activity to do with kids? Check out this vintage blog post on how to turn Glee Gum Pops into spooky ghosts and mummies!

We wish everyone a very happy Halloween, and hope this Halloween season is safe and joyful for all.



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!