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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Viewpoint - By ross bil­ton

Mast Chew

What is it? A nat­u­ral chew­ing gum, made with resin from Pista­cia trees. so What? So it’s quite dis­tinct from mass-pro­duced gums, many of which are made of syn­thetic poly­mers de­rived from pe­tro­leum (true, that). You’ll re­ally no­tice the dif­fer­ence – if you can get past first ap­pear­ances. Eh? Well, un­like the daz­zling white, uni­form tablets of com­mer­cial gum, these look a lit­tle, er, pre-sucked. Could you pEr­haps bE a lit­tlE rudEr? They look like the teeth of an oc­to­ge­nar­ian chainsmoker! But in the mouth they’re great, with a firm, in­ter­est­ing tex­ture. A 10-minute chew is a proper work­out for your jaw. any­thing ElsE? They’re Aus­tralian made, and flavoured with nat­u­ral sweet­en­ers and mint oil. They’re fine to swal­low, too – nat­u­ral gum is eas­ily di­gested and “sooth­ing” to the stom­ach, the man­u­fac­tur­ers say. So no ex­cuses for stick­ing it un­der your seat when you’re fin­ished with it…

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