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I May Never Chew Gum Again

Is it just me, or does this sound repulsive? From Technology Review

Revolymer’s product has a formulation unlike most commercially available brands. The main ingredient in most chewing gums is a gum base: a mix of synthetic petroleum-derived polymers, natural latex, resins, and waxes. All of these components are hydrophobic–they stay away from water–which means that they are oil loving, says Pettman. This is the reason that gum traditionally sticks to the grease and grime on sidewalks. The Revolymer gum base has polymers with a hydrophobic part that’s wrapped inside a hydrophilic, or water-attracting, part. So even though the gum sticks to a surface, a film of water can form around it so that it easily washes away with wate

Well that makes me want to run out and chew some Trident. Yummy - petroleum polymers, wax and latex. Delicious!

And we wonder why food is killing us in America?


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