In my quest of learning something new daily, I seemed to have scanned over this these past 2 months. And its something I use literally every day. Here’s my confession, I love gum. Even when I was in sever toothy pain a few months ago I totally would still chew a piece even though it was only on one side.
It turns out that chewing gum has been around for a very long time. The first example of chewing gum comes from the Neolithic period, yea seriously that far back, where scientist found tooth marks in a wad of birch bark tar. There’s tons of other examples leading from the Greeks to the Aztecs whole produced “chicle” which is one of the closest examples to modern day gum. In fact “chicle” first arrived in the U.S. as a substitute for rubber, but when gum producing companies got a hold of it in 1848 they began to use it because it was a softer and held flavor better than resins and paraffin waxes that were being used before.
And so there you have it, from Neolithic folks to my Aztec brethren…gum, I love it!
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