What Makes Bubblegum So Special?

These days, when you want gum to chew on, you don’t have to go far to find dozens of brand of bubblegum on supermarket shelves and online retailers.

While most people look at all chewing gum as the same, there are actually a few types. Besides conventional and natural gums, you can also differentiate between regular chewing gums and bubblegums.

But aren’t chewing gum and bubblegum the same? Traditional chewing gum came first, getting its firm chew from chicle and other tree resins. Bubblegum is a subset of chewing gum made specially for its magnificent bubble.

Chewing gum and bubblegum share a core set of ingredients called “gum base,” to which sweeteners, colors, flavors, etc. are added. For instance, Glee Gum uses chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforest of Central America. Most conventional gum brands use a synthetic gum base, made from artificial products like plastics.

Though many different civilizations and cultures utilized chewing gum in one form or another throughout the centuries, the product really picked up commercially in the USA during the 19th century.

With a series of small chicle-based chewing gum companies on the market, Frank Fleer of Fleer Chewing Gum Co. wanted a different kind of gum product. He searched for a way to reduce the toughness and stickiness of chewing gum so that bubbles could be blown with it—something that would set his gum apart from all others, he believed.

After many failed attempts, it was the company’s accountant, Walter Diemer, who ultimately concocted the recipe for what is now known as bubblegum in the 1920s. It was stretchier than traditional chewing gum and much less sticky, making it perfect for bubble-blowing. Bubblegum got its universally-recognized color when the company used the only available food coloring in the factory to make his first batch—a lovely shade of pink.

Aside from its delightful color, bubblegum is known for its characteristically fruity, uniquely bubblegum-y flavor. Most companies now use artificial flavorings to create that classic taste.

Not Glee! We use a combination of cherry, strawberry, lemon, and vanilla to achieve the delicious, nostalgic flavor that bubblegum is known for. Glee Gum’s Classic Bubblegum and Sugar-Free Bubblegum may not blow the biggest bubbles on the market, due to their all-natural gum bases. But you can chew happily knowing that Glee Gum makes gum the way we all used to, when chewing gum was clean and natural, free of artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, and sweeteners.

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Fighting Children’s Tooth Decay with Glee Gum and Natural Tooth Health

Despite the advances of fluoride, tooth decay is a disease that affects 60-90% of children.

Glee Gum works to attack this issue with sugarless gum made from natural ingredients like xylitol and chicle gum base. In addition to gum, we recognize it’s important to protect children’s teeth with oral care products that are made with natural ingredients. That’s why we recommend Natural Tooth Health products. 

Natural Tooth Health leads the industry in safe and effective oral care products with their line of all-natural toothpaste, tooth powder and mouth rinse. All the products are fluoride-free and Environmental Working Group (EWG) verified, which means they are free from ingredients of concern. Visit them at www.naturaltoothhealth.com.

All Glee Gum customers can save 25% off their first order of Natural Tooth Health products by using the following coupon code:


Glee Gum and Natural Tooth Health products work together to prevent and stop tooth decay.

What causes tooth decay and cavities?

Cavities are caused by the activity of bad bacteria that live in biofilm and plaque on your teeth. They consume sugar from your diet and decompose it into lactic acid. This acid⁠—plus any acidic foods that are consumed, like soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee and processed foods⁠—increase the acid attack on your tooth enamel, forming soft spots and eventually holes in your enamel. These soft spots and holes are cavities.

How can you prevent cavities?

To help prevent cavities between breakfast and bedtime, chew sugarless gum with xylitol between meals, such as Glee Gum. The chewing action and presence of xylitol in Glee Gum stimulates saliva. Saliva is the body’s natural mechanism to remineralize tooth enamel to offset the demineralizing action of acid. 

Xylitol has a second benefit. Because bad bacteria in the mouth cannot metabolize xylitol, acidity is neutralized and the population of bad bacteria is decreased when chewing xylitol-sweetened gum.

The second way to prevent cavities is to use oral care products from Natural Tooth Health at least twice a day. Using their research-backed toothpaste or tooth powder will eliminate the biofilm and plaque from your tooth enamel. Your teeth and mouth will feel smooth and clean, just like after a visit to your dental hygienist.

In cases of children who have extreme cavities, or are a mouth breather, which reduces mouth saliva, one should use a mouth rinse containing xylitol or erythritol (another sugar alcohol shown to reduce cavities) before bedtime. Be sure to swish with the mouth rinse for at least 60 seconds. Your whole mouth will be bathed in a solution that will decrease bad bacteria and help remineralize enamel.

Glee Gum and Natural Tooth Health offer products that will reduce tooth decay in children, as well as adults. Try them today.

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Chewing Gum for Weight Loss: How True?

Chewing gum is probably one of the most satisfying things to do when you’re restless or just bored out of your mind in the middle of a dreadfully banal task. There is something so instantly pleasurable about putting a flavorful stick of gum in your mouth and letting it unleash its magic. Not only does chewing gum aid in refreshing your breath on short notice, but it has also been linked to incredible benefits like improving memory. Many people claim that chewing gum aids them in feeling fuller faster and some other claim that it helps them feel less hungry.

In the same vein, chewing gum has often been linked to its ability in helping people lose weight. But is this claim really true?

How Chewing Gum May Aid In Weight Loss

If you’re a fan of reality television and have binged on The Biggest Loser, you may be aware that contestants on the show use chewing gum regularly as part of their weight loss diet. Numerous studies conducted on the relation between chewing gum and weight loss show that this habit can help you manage your hunger and even keep cravings in check. Sounds a little crazy, right? How can the humble chewing gum aid in the mammoth task of shedding pounds for good?

Well, it is all about creating a small impact that adds up to big results over time.

A study conducted by the University of Rhode Island on this subject revealed that individuals who chewed gum were more likely to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Although the total caloric difference came to only around 68 calories lesser, it is surely better than nothing. The participants in this study were also reportedly less prone to succumb to fatty treats throughout the rest of the day. Lastly, the gum-chewing subjects lost an average of 5% more calories than the ones who didn’t.

Another study conducted by Louisiana State University found that chewing gum may aid appetite control. In this study, participants were found to consume an average of 40 fewer calories. The snack cravings they felt were also fewer, and sweet consumption declined.

While the few calories that chewing gum can help you cut in a day may seem trivial, if you were to add a few other lifestyle changes to the mix, you’ll notice a big change over time. Small changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and switching to a diet free from processed foods can add up to you being 10 pounds lighter in a year!

For the best results, stick to a sugar-free gum that has fewer calories from sugar.

Chewing Gum Instead of Indulging Your Sweet Tooth

Candy is central to many celebrations and festivities in the US, and also a big part of our supermarkets. While chewing gum is usually sold close to the candy aisles, it is far from being the sugary monstrosity that candy is. If you are someone who likes snacking on sweets and candy, switching to chewing gum instead of your regular sugar-fix can help you tremendously. The biggest advantage of chewing gum instead of a candy bar or ice-cream cone is that it will give you the little sugar rush you crave without adding a bilk of calories.

While it won’t make much of a difference unless you supplement this change with healthy lifestyle choices, chewing gum can aid your weight loss journey.

Final Thoughts

Chewing gum is widely accepted as a low-calorie substitute for dessert in many diets and programs. Since they have almost zero calories, it is safe to consume in moderation. While diets like Weight Watchers put chewing gum in the category of ‘free foods’, it is important that you don’t go overboard.

For the best weight loss results, we recommend finding a healthy diet plan that works for you and adding in regular exercise to your routine. It doesn’t have to be intensive either. Starting with something as simple as a morning jog or twenty push-ups can eventually help you develop the motivation and stamina to do more.

As far as chewing gum’s role in your weight loss journey goes, it will help you by acting as a healthier substitute for treats that have a high fat or sugar content. However, if you overdo it, the benefits will get watered down. In any case, if you want a sweet(ish) burst of flavor in your mouth without the added calories and following guilt, chewing gum may be your best bet!

This article was guest written by Sarah Youngs, a frequent writer at bigbluetest.org

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Short and Sweet: Xylitol and Diabetes

In a time where sugar is found in almost everything we eat, being diabetic can be more than just inconvenient – it can be it can be downright torturous. That’s why we at Glee take great effort to offer natural Xylitol sweetened Sugar-Free choices of gum and candy to our customers, so that folks with a wide variety of dietary needs don’t have to go without a nice treat every now and again.

So why is Xylitol safe for use by diabetics? It goes back to something called the Glycemic index[1] (GI) – a scale that measures how foods with carbohydrates affect your blood sugar levels – how fast they rise and how fast they fall again. The higher the GI number, the faster the rate of metabolization, and the faster your blood sugar level will climb, and crash, after consuming. Since folks with diabetes are working hard to stabilize their blood sugar levels, it is often recommended that a person with diabetes follow a low GI diet.

There are 3 classifications for the Glycemic Index:

-55 or under is low

-56-69 is moderate

-70+ is high

For people with diabetes, or people who are pre-diabetic, it is recommended to follow a nutritious diet with a low to moderate glycemic index[2] to help prevent spikes and crashes. Chewing gum or eating sweets with a lower GI can help with this!

Here is a little example:

Glycemic index for table sugar:                   60-70

Glycemic index for Xylitol:                            approx.. 7


So, the next time you are looking for a low GI or low sugar treat, look no farther than Glee’s delicious Sugar-Free natural chewing gum in 5 flavors: SF Peppermint, SF Watermelon, SF Bubblegum, SF Wintergreen, and Sugar-Free Lemon Lime. And be sure to try our newest Xylitol treat: Sugar-Free Glee Tarts, with 4 yummy and low GI impact flavors: Cherry, Passion Fruit, Meyer Lemon, and Pineapple. Change to Sugar-Free Glee and Go Worry-Free!

[1] https://www.gisymbol.com/about-glycemic-index/

[2] http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/glycemic-index-and-diabetes.html

Get Ready - FT Campus Week

Canadian Students Choosing to Chew More Fairly

A special guest post by Mélissa Dubé, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Fairtrade Canada.

Meanwhile, in Canada… more than 50 campuses across the country are getting ready for the 5th annual edition of Fair Trade Campus Week! Campuses in all 10 Canadian provinces are gleefully working to prepare all sorts of dynamic activities to raise awareness about Fairtrade.

What is exactly Fair Trade Campus Week, you may wonder?

Fair Trade Campus Week is a fun-filled week bursting with activities where Campus life and businesses intersect to create tremendous educational and promotional opportunities for all. Each participating campus comes up with different activities to talk about Fairtrade. To give you an idea, last year 20 companies and 43 campuses participated with more than 23,000 people receiving Fairtrade product samples and many more who were engaged through different initiatives, including social media.

To support Campuses, 23 companies (including our friends Glee Gum!) have generously agreed to donate Fairtrade certified products. Imagine that: students across the country will learn about Fairtrade while happily chewing Glee Gum samples! Biggest Fairtrade bubble gum of all time next, perhaps?

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Why do we do Fair Trade Campus Week?

Julie Francoeur, Fairtrade Canada’s Executive Director explains it best: “Campuses are first and foremost a place of learning. They have also always been the place where great ideas collide, revolutions take place and solutions to many of societies challenges are born. As the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Guiding Principles for Businesses on Human Rights start to shape the way companies do business in the Global South, Fairtrade offers a vibrant concrete tool to empower development through trade. Campuses across Canada have been a force of nature for Fairtrade in the previous years and we are seeing companies and retailers across the country engaging with Fairtrade as a result of the deep commitment they sense from younger generations. Fair Trade Campus Week is a great opportunity for students to celebrate the impact they are having for farmers and workers across the world. That Fairtrade cup of coffee won’t only help you stay awake through that early morning lecture or to finish that paper, it also helps an entire coffee community!”

Find out more about the impact of our work by visiting our website and our sister organization Fairtrade America for more details.

What’s new this year?

Every year, new Campuses and businesses jump on board and this generates new ideas and potential new partnerships (as an example, Concordia University became Canada’s first Campus to carry 100% Fairtrade bananas). We’re excited to witness innovative ways that Campuses will take to talk about Fairtrade. In the meantime, there are a couple of new planned initiatives that folks can take part in:

– On Tuesday, September 26 at 4pm ET, we invite everyone to take part in our first ever Twitter Chat to talk about Fair Trade Campus Week. Participants could win a bag of Fairtrade products! Make sure to use #ChatFairtrade and to follow us @fairtradecanada.

– By now, you probably understood that Canadian campuses are always ready to go above and beyond, and this year they’re doing exactly that again! Campuses across the country are leading the World’s Largest Fair Trade Bake Sale on September 28, a day that folks will want to make their way to a Campus to indulge in sweets made with Fairtrade Ingredients. For more details: fairtradebakesale.ca

Get active!

Bookmark our Tumblr page to stay in the loop and make sure to use the hashtags #FTCampus and #CampusÉquitable! Specific to the World’s Largest Fair Trade Bake Sale, be sure to use #fairtradebakesale and #ventepatisseriesequitables.

Happy Fair Trade Campus Week to all!


Try Your Luck to Win Free Cases

Here’s a chance for THREE lucky ducks to win free cases (12 boxes) of each of our two new flavors: Sugar-Free Wintergreen and Sugar-Free Bubblegum!

Our pal Monica Nelson is a health and fitness expert and Los Angeles-based personal trainer who just happens to love Glee Gum. (Did we mention that she has terrific taste?)

Monica is hosting a Gleeful giveaway on her Facebook page, Monica Nelson Health and Fitness, now through Thursday, 9/21/17 (3 pm ET). Entry is about as quick and easy as it gets. Check out the details here. Good luck!

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