The photo below is of a bag of straight-from-the-tree chickle.
It looks like chunk of baking chocolate. When you bite into it it crumbl'es to dust at first and then forms gum. Of course, there is no flavor. However it is different in that it does not stick to your teeth. The tiniest bit, lasts and lasts.
I bought it out of curiosity at a store in Guatemala that sells ice cream, but specializes in natural remedies I never saw raw chickle before. The owner of the shop went on and on about the health beneftis.
To say I was skeptical was an understatement. How can gum be healthy? I listened politely and googled when I got back home. Darn if she isn't correct. Here;s one link about a few of the benefits
"Masticating a chewing gum is a sort of exercise that increase blood flow to the brain. According to studies, chewing gum may improve memory. It produces more oxygen, more glucose and dispose more carbon dioxide. This is way chewing gum improves memory. It improves attentiveness and concentration.
Recent research has shown that rhythmic motion of chewing gum has a stress-reducing effect because relaxed and satisfied feelings.
Chewing gum triggers the production of more saliva. Saliva is essential in digestion. Contains the enzyme ptialina amylase that breaks down starch into sugar. Also contain salivary lipase to start fat digestion. Helps reduce acid reflux from stomach to throat. Acid reflux leaves a constant chest burning sensation.
It has a cleansing effect on teeth and gums. Saliva carry disinfectant that kills harmful microorganisms. It also washes teeth and gums of clinging dirt and food."
Surprisingly, I didn't have hearburn today and chewing the chicle stopped. it.
I don't think I ever realized that chicle was from the sapodilla tree. I always thought it was the same the sap from rubber trees only processed differently