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Offline Harsh M

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If you have been chewing a piece of gum and drink water on top of it, the gum looses its elasticity and becomes hard. why does this happen?
Also, why doesn't the gum harden because of water present in our saliva in our mouth?


 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #1 on: 25/09/2008 11:20:32 »
I think its the cooling off of the gum from the cold water! If you drink Ice water it gets really hard.. it will soften again as it warms up though!My opinion...and I am no expert except for chewing lots of gum!
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #2 on: 25/09/2008 11:26:49 »
i have to spit out the old one whenever i drink water ! and i drink water quite frequently - that just translates into a lot of gum in my trash can wrapped up in post-it notes!
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #3 on: 25/09/2008 11:36:33 »
I have never had it stay like that.. mine always softened up!

Well That would be a lot of gum.. How long did you try to chew it afterwards?
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #4 on: 25/09/2008 11:54:23 »
well, the minty flavour of the gum goes away with water. i try to stick the gum under my lips while drinking, or hide it under my tongue! but it does not help.
honestly, i haven't tried warming up the gum afterwards.
I'm sure Wrigley's will be really happy with the rate at which i pop in a new piece of gum!!
which companies gum do u chew Karen ?
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #5 on: 25/09/2008 12:22:03 »
Orbit wintermint
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #6 on: 25/09/2008 12:23:27 »
warming it up in your mouth by not spitting it out!

Orbits flavor lasts a long time for me and it is good sugarless gum!
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #7 on: 27/01/2009 10:39:12 »
I've tried a bunch of different things:
stopped chewing gum
drank more water
I even started using bathroom passes to try weird things like punching my stomach in vain attempts to shut it up.
ultimately, I end up squeezing a book really hard against my stomach to muffle the sound..

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« Last Edit: 30/01/2009 09:34:35 by Jaydon Merrill »
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #8 on: 27/01/2009 10:41:51 »
What sound are you talking about?
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #9 on: 27/01/2009 11:04:18 »
Is there some sort of chewing gum promotion going on here???
 

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Why does chewing gum become hard when we drink water?
« Reply #10 on: 27/01/2009 13:13:30 »
Yup, Jaydon's profile had a link to a sugar free gum website.  Clever, isn't it?
 

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