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Australia’s first locally manufactured plant-based and sugar-free chewing gum is also 100 per cent organic, according to its maker.

Mast Chew chewing gum is made from an ancient Mediterranean gum called Pistacia Resin, and is free of synthetics, latex, sugars, colours, additives or artificial sweeteners.

The mastic-like secretion from the Pistacia genus of trees has been used for thousands of years to maintain gut health and treat abdominal related issues including heartburn, gastric and intestinal ulcers.

The resin is combined with Xylitol and mint to create a unique yet familiar minty fresh flavour and texture that cleanses the mouth and soothes the stomach and is said to be easily digested by the body.

Benefits touted include antimicrobial properties that assist in the aid of dental hygiene by preventing tooth decay and eliminating bad breath and Mast Chew says it has been shown to assist in the treatment of stomach ulcers when swallowed.

The chewing of gum has also been linked to reduced stress, improved memory function and decreased hunger levels by mimicking the rhythmic act of chewing food.

Packaged in either a 16-piece blister pack, RRP $4.50, or a 35-piece bottle, RRP $6.95, Mast Chew is available nationwide from Australian Food and Pharmaceutical Industries.