For hundreds of years, people globally have chewed on natural materials: waxes, latex and resin from certain trees.  Synthetic gum is the material used today due to its reduced tackiness, improved texture and longer-lasting flavour.  Polybutene enhances gum base compositions because PIB is non-toxic and pure, has no odour or colour, and has excellent stability against oxidation and UV light.  KEMAT Polybut™ with a MW of 50,000 to 85,000 g/mol can be used in gum formulations.  It will not be harmed by any of the existing flavouring oils normally used in gum compositions.

Chewing gum has four main parts:

  • gum base
  • colours
  • flavours
  • sweeteners

Gum base is split into two main types: bubble and chewing gum. Bubble gum has more elasticity. The main colours of chewing and bubble gum are pink, white, green, yellow, orange.  The most popular flavours are mint, spearmint and peppermint as well as fruit flavours, eg strawberry, raspberry, cherry, citrus.  The sweeteners can be sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The benefits of chewing gum are: breath freshening and clean teeth.  Chewing gum increases saliva production which aids in the prevention of a dry mouth.  It also clears away the food after a meal.

Properties

  • chewy
  • reduced tackiness
  • no odour or taste
  • no colour
  • non-toxic
  • excellent stability against oxidation and UV light
  • high purity
  • insoluble

End User Applications

  • bubble gum
  • chewing gum
  • dental gum