Rosin and Conifers
Rosin is made from conifers. From Wikipedia, "Rosin, also called colophony or Greek pitch (Latin: pix græca), is a solid form of resin obtained from pines and some other plants, mostly conifers, produced by heating fresh liquid resin to vaporize the volatile liquid terpene components."
There a lot of different types. So is rosin bad for your health? Conifers are good for you according to this link. So is there something else mixed in to the final rosin that makes it less desirable to chew on? Not that I really want to chew on it.
I found the post quoted below on a Strings Magazine discussion related to rosin. After reading it, you can see that they seel the same substances to the makers of chewing gum, but they expose it to Hexane (a well established carcinogen), so I would suggest that it is your call.
Thanks Duane. I think I will start trading Bazooka Joe for a pinch of Skoal between my cheek and gum.
I don't think fossil coal r
But would you want either in your chewing gum? Or inhale it?
Van Gogh use to dab his paint brushes on his tongue. I guess licking the violin rosin cake might have the same effect. I'll pass, unless I can start painting really well.
I've never noticed the presence of coal resin on the ingredient list of chewing gum (edit: although that doesn't mean much since I rarely consume chewing gum); I suspect that the story on coal resin and chewing gum was a case of old-fashioned internet trolling.
I ordered a cake of Liebenzeller Meteor rosin about five years ago just because I thought it sounded like a fun to try although I was skeptical of there really being pulverized meteorites in tbe mix. The Gold and Silver metal additions also pique my interest but maybe someday in ghe future.. I can't imagine eating or putting this stuff in my mouth though.
I never ate or even licked any rosin - but you definitely want to keep it away from your dog if you hope to use it again.
Artificial chewing gum has a terrible impact on our environment. Get informed and stop using it.
I'm enjoying all the chemistry and pharmacology lessons here. *phew*
Google "rosin potatoes" and you'll find recipes for boiling potatoes in rosin. Citrus drinks like Fresca contain small amounts of modified rosin as a flavoring. It can't be that harmful to ingest in small quantities.
Just because the US government doesn't classify it as a carcinogen doesn't mean that it isn't!
The dose makes the poison...
So here's where we have problems. If you go to Quora.com (whatever that might be), you will see that an "engineer" (define?) named Shivam Patil (whoever that is) claiming that "hexane has been identified by the FDA as a potent neurotoxin and a carcinogen." But then if you scroll down, he also writes, "No information is available on the carcinogenic effects of hexane in humans or animals." The latter is consistent with EPA documents.
I don't intend to snort Hexane to find out :) You make a great point though. A lot of what we read online is suspect unless confirmed by good sources.
Well, we've come to understand that it matters what we put into and onto our bodies. Everyone's got their own balance point. As for me, I drink a lot of water.
I always wondered how plants were found to be safe in the first place. I mean who ever would have thought that dandilions were ok to eat, or pine needles-- poor sucker who had to test every possible combination.
The Great Spirit or one of his cohorts likely took Adam and Eve around,then pointed out the good ones,said stay away from the bad ones...oh and that fruit tree. Don't touch that.You will then know what evil is and will be involved in it personally to a degree you won't like. That is a generalized paraphrase.
Mythology is fun, Timothy, but I suspect humans had prior experience with tree sap, fabric and hair.
Lots of hard-to-digest things could go in a rosin. Some like solvent will dissipate as the rosin gets old, some like surfactant or coloring agents will stay. The receipes for rosins depend on the rosins and the makers. Some use one thing while others might not. The great unknown is who put what in which rosins? So, if you have to choose to chew either a fattiest fat burger or a rosin that contains surfactant (thank god I'm not in that situation), while the rosin probably won't kill you the burger might have a slight edge in the immediate health front.
@Ken How can you not love mad cow burgers. Unless you're use to the flavored cardboard of Micky Ds.