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Today is National Chewing Gum Day!
Chewing gum has been around for over 5,000 years. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum which was made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, it was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland. Made from bark tar, the gum was believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages. In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”. Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress and increase alertness. Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion. National Chewing Gum Day is observed annually on September 30.
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