Chewing Gum

Alyson Baker

Who chewed it firsted?

Prehistoric chewed on lumps of tree resin which sticky brownish substance from trees. That includes ancient greeks, Native Americans, and the people from England.

Facts About Gum


  • The oldest piece of chewing gum ever found is thought to be 9,000 years old.
  • John B. Curtis made and sold the first commercial chewing gum Named the State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.
  • The color of the first gum ever made was pink.
  • Turkey is the country with the most gum companies.
  • Chewing gum burns about 11 calories per hour.

Different Brands

Around 56 to 60% of people chew gum on the daily in the U.S.

Benefits from Gum

  • Gum is known to help you concentrate and may improve long term memory.
  • It also is known to reduce muscle tension.
  • Chewing gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
  • If you chew gum on an airplane it will help your ears from popping because it helps balance pressure in your head.

History of Gum

  • In 1848 John B. Curtis made and sold the first commercial gum out of spruce tree resin.
  • 1850 is when he added flavor and paraffin for the soft rubbery feel. These became more popular then the spruce.
  • In 1888 Thomas Adams' Tutti-Fruitti was the first gum to be sold in a vending machine.