Frequently asked questions

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You can buy Alpengummi in our onlineshop and in the following online- and offline shops: Where to buy?

We use beeswax in our gum base. This helps to support beekeeping, which helps to save bees (indispensable for all kinds of vegetables & fruits) from extinction, since they are unfortunately no longer able to survive without help from humans. Maybe you share our opinion about this and would consider chewing our natural chewing gum despite your vegan lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚

It is not easy to develop a vegan alternative. Unfortunately, regional sunflower wax is not yet approved for food consumption and importing carnauba wax from Brazil goes against our values. However, we do not rule out the possibility of developing a vegan chewing gum in the future.

It is not surprising that most people are stumped by this question if you just turn over your chewing gum pack and take a look at the list of ingredients, you will see the term “gum base”. According to the guidelines, this term is sufficient as a declaration.

It is only after extensive research, that one is able to find out that the majority of gum bases are made of synthetic polymers. The “declaration mania” has apparently not yet reached chewing gums.

The vague term “gum base” is used to hide the fact that they use synthetic polymers such as polyvinyl acetate or polyisobutylene, which make your appetite vanish once you have found out what it really is…

Alpengummi is made from 100% renewable resources and where possible, certified organic ingredients are used. For some ingredients, however, this is not possible. For example xylitol. Xylitol is obtained from wood residues and is available as a mono-product in organic quality but as soon as it is used as an ingredient in other products, it can no longer be certified as organic. Now, one could use organic sugar like cane sugar, where this is not a problem, but for dental health reasons we prefer xylitol. This is really a pity but legislation will hopefully change in the next few years.

Since our natural chewing gum consists purely of natural raw materials, it is broken down in the humus layer of the soil in a few weeks. Furthermore, the packaging is made entirely of cardboard, which is best disposed of in a waste paper container.

Yes, xylitol is dangerous for dogs and cats.

While the sugar substitute xylitol (birch sugar) is good for your teeth because of its anticariogenic properties,but it is harmful to dogs and other mammals. Xylitol has an insulin-releasing effect on them, which in turn leads to a life-threatening drop in blood sugar levels.

This means that your four-legged friend must not eat birch sugar, because he can’t handle it, similar to grapes or cocoa. If your pet happens to accidentally eat xylitol, you should see a vet immediately.

If you have are allergic to rosin, you should not chew Alpengummi. Sorry!

A chewing gum is defined by the fact that you can chew on it for hours without it disintegrating. It is also not or only with difficulty broken down by the body. We therefore recommend spitting rather than swallowing (but not on the streets) … ;)

Xylitol is suitable for dental care as it supports tooth remineralisation and neutralises acids in the mouth that are harmful to teeth. The effect occurs after chewing for at least 20 minutes. Numerous studies, especially from Finland, where most birch sugar comes from, prove these positive properties. According to one study, birch sugar even helps to minimise caries in small children if the mother regularly chews xylitol chewing gum. Cool, huh?

Since the resin we use is not an elastic substance like the synthetic materials that are used for conventional gum bases, it is difficult to make bubbles with it. However, if you do succeed, please send us a photo and you’ll get a pack for free ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

If a piece of chewing gum sticks in your teeth, it helps to drink a cold glass of water (the cold makes the resin harder again) and use a second piece of chewing gum so that the mass is bigger and the remaining mass comes out of your teeth a little easier. With these tips the little “accident” should be solvable.

There can be several reasons why chewing gum sticks to the teeth. Especially people with plastic fillings report that conventional chewing gum occasionally sticks there - usually it comes loose again after a little tongue work. In addition, the gum base of our Alpengummi consists of tree resin and beeswax - both are temperature-sensitive raw materials. It could be that the gum has been stored too warm or damp on its way from the production site via the shop to you, or that it has even been left in the sun. It can also become sticky if you drink something warm while chewing Alpengummi.

Our chewing gum brings a slightly woody, resinous natural flavour that will remind you of your most beautiful walks in the forest. The resinous taste is slightly bitter. Tree resins are chewed in many cultures worldwide because of their antibacterial properties.