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Re: Why does chewing gum lose its flavor?

Date: Wed Apr 19 17:20:30 2006
Posted By: Sean Coleman, Undergraduate, Chemistry/Physics/Biology/Maths
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1137726580.Ch

For you to be able to taste the mint in chewing gum, the flavour has to be soluble in your saliva.

As there is a finite amount of mint flavor in chewing gum, at some point all of the mint flavour molecules will have been dissolved in your saliva and gone into your stomach.

When there are none left, the flavour has gone.

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