How is chewing gum made?
Gum’s main ingredients: latex—as in latex rubber. It originally came from the sap of rubber trees, but most gums contain only 10 to 20 percent natural rubber. The rest are synthetic, with tasty names like butadiene-styrene rubber, polyethylene, and polyvinyl acetate. To make gum, the latex is ground, dried, and melted into a syrup. Then it’s filtered, and flavorings and softeners are added. The mixture is kneaded for several hours before it’s rolled out, cut into strips, and packaged. Chewing gum happens to be a good natural remedy for heartburn. Here are some other surprising natural heartburn remedies.