With World Autism Awareness Day taking place on April 2, we wanted to talk about how chewing gum helps some people who have sensory differences, such as many of our friends with autism spectrum disorder.
While the full spectrum encompasses a wide and varying range of behaviors and conditions, many people who are autistic are over- or under-sensitive to sensory input, such as how things taste, smell, look, or feel.
Some people with autism find chewing to be soothing, because it provides a sensory input. According to the British National Autistic Society, “chewing and biting provide sensory input to the proprioceptive system, which regulates what different parts of the body are doing at different times.” However, this can be an issue when a child chews on or eats non-edible items.
Because chewing gum has been found to reduce anxiety, increase focus, reduce fidgeting, reduce biting and chewing behaviors, as well as other benefits, it is often used as a tool for kids with sensory conditions. Chewing gum can provide sensory input and offer an outlet for the desire to chew.
The great thing about sugar-free chewing gum is that you can chew as much as you want without worrying about tooth decay. Especially when you use gums with natural cavity-preventing sweeteners like xylitol. That’s what makes our Sugar-Free Glee Gum so sweet: not only is it all-natural, plastic-free, allergy- & keto-friendly, but it is also sweetened with xylitol for the added oral health benefits.
Do you find that chewing gum helps you in some way? Feel free to share your story with us by commenting on this blog post, or by emailing email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you!
Candy and cavities are often thought to go hand-in-hand, tooth-in-tooth. According to the CDC, tooth decay (also known as dental cavities) is the most common chronic disease in children and teens. With February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought we’d help answer an important question: Are there any candies that don’t cause cavities?
Sugar, which is used in most candy, lowers the PH in your mouth to an acidic level, thus breaking down the enamel on your teeth. Bacteria consume the sugars left behind in the mouth and the acid that results wears away at children’s teeth. So, in some cases, candy and other sugary treats can be contributing culprits in children’s cavities.
With our children in mind, Glee Gum offers a line of sugar-free natural chewing gum and Glee Tarts, both sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol found in most plant material. Over 25 years of testing suggest that using xylitol reduces tooth decay rates. It works by keeping the PH of the saliva in your mouth alkaline, where it should be.
Glee’s xylitol-sweetened tarts and gum mean that your kids can enjoy candy without the cavities! With all of its dental benefits, xylitol gives your smile a boost, too.
Chewing xylitol gum or enjoying tasty Glee Tarts are components of a well-rounded, healthy dental routine for children. Kids should be encouraged to floss and brush their teeth regularly to promote healthy dental hygiene.
Glee Gum makes 5 delicious xylitol sweetened gum flavors, including kid-friendly, fruity flavors like Watermelon, Bubblegum, and Lemon-Lime. Your kids are sure to love Glee Tarts too! Every box includes fruity pineapple, passion fruit, Meyer Lemon, and cherry flavors, all sweetened with natural xylitol to promote dental health. So your kids can have sweet, tasty candy, not cavities!
If you are one of the thousands of people living with Phenylketonuria, known as “PKU” for short, there’s a chance you have a hard time finding gum to chew. PKU is a hereditary disease that affects the body’s ability to metabolize Phenylalanine (Phe), an amino acid that serves as the building block for proteins. People who have PKU must follow a strict diet, including cutting out artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Since most gum has aspartame, what gum can people with PKU chew?
Without the ability to metabolize Phe, it builds up in the body and, if untreated, can eventually lead to musty-smelling breath, urine, or body odor, seizures, tremors, stunted growth, irreversible brain damage, learning impairments, memory loss, behavioral problems, and more. A diagnosis of PKU is certainly life altering, and means there is a long road of strict diet and lifestyle management ahead.
For someone with PKU, the best way to manage it, and prevent Phe from building up in their body, is to cut high-protein foods out of their diet. This strict diet should be followed for life, and research shows that those with PKU who do, can live relatively symptom-free. PKU diets are heavy on fruits and vegetables, low-protein grains, and healthy fats, like those found in avocados. Protein-rich foods like eggs, dairy, meat, fish, beans/legumes, and nuts must be avoided.
It also means no additives like yeast, wheatgerm & gelatin, or artificial sweeteners like aspartame, because they all contain high levels of Phe. Aspartame especially poses a problem for people with PKU because it is found in many foods today that are thought to be healthy and labeled “sugar-free,” “diet,” “light,” “reduced-calorie,” etc. But the consumption of aspartame by someone with PKU will most likely NOT be healthy, and to have the same effect on them as eating beef or peanut butter.
That doesn’t mean that someone with PKU will be devoid of occasional gum-chewing. There are other sweeteners that contain no protein, like xylitol, a naturally-occurring carbohydrate found in the fibrous parts of plants, which can be consumed without worry of a Phe build up.
Xylitol also has the added benefit of having tooth-decay prevention properties and having a low glycemic index, making it ideal for diabetics and those following a ketogenic diet, too! And lucky for those with PKU, Glee Gum offers a line of natural plant-based chewing gums.
The products in Glee’s line of gum are sweetened with either cane sugar or xylitol harvested from birch and beech trees, allergy-friendly, junk-free, and safe for those with food allergies or diet restrictions. It’s just another way that Glee helps you Change What You Chew. Click here to shop Glee now.
February 7 is National Bubblegum Day, and we want to help you celebrate with some fun facts about bubblegum! While you may think you know all there is to know about bubblegum, chew on these little tidbits–they may surprise you! Here are some fun facts about bubblegum in honor of National Bubblegum Day.
Q: How did bubblegum get its iconic pink color?
A: In the early 1900s, The Fleer Corporation created the first bubblegum to hit the market. At the time, chewing gums were an unappealing grey. The company added food coloring to the gum in the only color available.
Q: What is the world record for the most bubblegum bubbles blown at the same time?
A: In 2014 at the opening of the Cal Ripkin World Series, 721 people made the world record for blowing the most bubblegum bubbles at the same time. On July 11, 2018, that record was broken at the Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, where 881 people gathered to help Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals raise awareness for a rare lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Q: What really happens if you swallow bubblegum?
A: Contrary to rumors of intestines sticking together or that swallowed gum stays in your body for seven years, gum will only stay in your system for a few days. Most gum base is made out of a synthetic, proprietary formula–totally not digestible. Glee Gum is made with an all-natural chicle gum base, but we still don’t recommend you swallow it. Gum base isn’t meant to be digested!
Q: What is the biggest bubblegum bubble ever blown?
A: In Alabama on April 24, 2004, Chad Fell blew a bubble a whopping 20 inches in size–that’s bigger than a regulation size basketball!
Q: Is it illegal to chew bubblegum anywhere?
A: Yes! In January of 1992, chewing gum was banned in Signapore to help uphold the country’s reputation for being pristine, and to help alleviate major issues with chewing gum being stuck on the door sensors and cracks on trains, which caused many issues in functioning and service. In March of 2004, however, they lifted the ban so that gums with a medical or therapeutic benefit were allowed–i.e. sugar-free gums for dental care or nicotine gums for smoking cessation.
Q: What’s the most amount of bubblegum bubbles blown in a minute?
A: How many bubblegum bubbles can you blow in a minute? If you can blow more than 15, you will beat Michael Amato of New Jersey, who set the current world record in 2014.
Q: Is it true that in 2012, London spent three months cleaning gum off its streets to prepare for the Olympic games?
A: Yes! And they spent between 1-2 pounds per piece to clean up over 300,000 pieces! But that’s nothing–on average, it can cost the city of London up to 10 million pounds to clean chewing gum off the streets each year!
Q: What is the weirdest bubblegum bubble that’s been blown?
A: In 2000, Joyce Samuels of KY set the world record for blowing the largest bubblegum bubble… with her nose! That’s right, Joyce blew a whopping 11 inch bubble using only the power of her nose. She said she started doing this to amuse her kids and ended up amusing the world.
Join the celebration for National Bubblegum Day by chewing on some Glee Gum. We have both all-natural, xylitol-sweetened Sugar-Free Bubblegum and cane-sugar sweetened Classic Bubblegum flavors. Both are designed to give you the nostalgic bubblegum taste and be good for the planet, too!
Happy National Bubblegum Day!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (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 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!
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?
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!”
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
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!
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!
Meet Ham O.
No word on where he got his nickname. And, his father reports that the glasses he is wearing are not, in fact, his glasses.
Here’s what we do know about this mysterious fan. He prefers his farming to involve pigs, chickens, and mules. He prefers his machines Rube Goldberg-style. And he prefers his chewing gum tangerine-flavored.
When he’s not busy playing, Ham gets his Glee fix at the local Whole Foods. Why? “Because I just love it.”
Fair enough. Hats off to you, Ham O.!
Remember those sweet candy necklaces and bracelets you enjoyed as a kid?
Well, we’ve brought them back, better than ever. Our quick and easy DIY version uses all-natural chewing gum for the “beads.” With Glee Gum, you can feel good knowing that your candy jewelry has been made without plastics or chemicals. That’s more than can be said for most jewelry out there, candy or otherwise!
Surprisingly, we wore these necklaces all day and experienced no melting, color transfer, or similar issues. We were pleasantly surprised with their resilience! Of course, we recommend that you use your best judgement depending on what else you’re wearing.
To begin, assemble your ingredients.
Pick out the gum colors and flavors of your choice. Here, we used our Bulk – or should we say, party-sized – tubes of Classic Glee Gum, but naturally you can use gum from boxes or pouches, too.
Tools you’ll need:
– embroidery floss
– a needle with an eye big enough to thread embroidery floss*
– a thick pad of paper, notebook, or cardboard
*We used a quilting needle (similar to this one) that we happened to have on hand. You can use a shorter needle as well, but may a longer one makes the process easier.
Consider how big you’d like your bracelet or necklace to be. Cut the thread so that the strand is at least a few inches longer than that, to give you some wiggle room. Then thread the needle and tie a knot at one end, leaving extra thread after the knot. Place a piece of gum down on the pad or notebook, and pierce the candy coating from one side. Flip the needle over, so that the eye of the needle is against the pad. Push the piece of gum down the length of the needle. If the candy coating cracks a little, don’t worry; that happens. It may take a few tries to get it right!
Once you’ve filled your necklace or bracelet with as many gum “beads” as you’d like, make a final knot and tie both ends together with the loose threads. Snip off any excess thread as needed. Le voilà!
Variations: you can mix up the colors and style all different ways, and color coordinate your design with any outfit. For a mod look, try threading just a few pieces and keeping the length long. This makes for a cute, chunky necklace. Bracelet and anklet versions work great, too!
Another way to change it up: double thread the needle. Thread a couple pieces of gum, and then tie a knot afterwards.
Leave about an inch or so of space, tie another knot, and thread a couple more pieces of gum.
Have fun and shine on! And, be sure to tag us in any pics you post so that we can admire your beautiful creations. We can’t wait to see you sparkle!