skip to content skip to search skip to navigation Listen Live skip to logon
Monday 30th May 2016
Max 20°C | Min 13°C

What is chewing gum made of?


Is chewing gum actually made of plastic, or is it organic gum?
Maggie, Newick


** Definitive **
Name: Tilo, Kentish Town
Qualification: I’m a chewing gum chewer
Answer: Gum is mainly natural, having been invented in South America, originally called chicla. In Greece, there is an island which creates natural chewing gum from a tree called mastic gum.  Hydrogenated vegetable fat would only be used for cheap chewing gum. It’s never made of plastic. And it doesn’t kill you if you swallow it.

Name: Matt, Leatherhead
Qualification: I can chew
Answer: It’s made of hydrogenated vegetable fat – the stuff they used to put in biscuits, before it was stopped.