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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!

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!

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 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!

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 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 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!

How Chewing Gum May Help People With Autism or Sensory Differences

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 info@gleegum.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Young child in winter coat looking up outside and smiling a very wide, toothy smile.

Candies That Don’t Cause Cavities–Too Sweet to Be True?

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.

Young child in a winter coat looking up outside and smiling a wide, toothy smile.

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!

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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.

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Photo by Thought Catalog.⁠

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:

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

products to prevent 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.

Events to Remember this November

You might think that, having given away over 50,000 Glee Gum samples last month, we’d be out of gum by now. But no! 

Here are some of the events around town where more free Glee can be found this month. Hope to see you there– or elsewhere– soon!

Health Day/ Myth Busting at Healthy Treasures, Newton Falls, OH ~ 11/7/15

Anniversary Celebration at Health Foods By Claudia, Toledo, Ohio ~ 11/13/15

Grand Opening at Arbor Farms, Ann Arbor, Michigan ~ 11/13 – 11/14/15

Natural Living Expo at the Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA ~ 11/14 – 11/15/15

Store Anniversary at Country Cupboard, Russelville, Arkansas ~ 11/25/15

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