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When the brochah shehakol is made on gum, is the brochah being made on the gum base, or the flavoring? (I'm assuming one makes a brochah on gum, but maybe not: see http://torahmusings.com/2010/11/chewing-gum-bracha-or-no-bracha/.)

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Yabia Omer O"C vol. 7. I'd post it if I had access, but I'm sure you're plenty capable of looking it up yourself. Its around the 20's (simanim-wise), addressed to his son R. Yitzchak. – Baal Shemot Tovot Aug 2 '12 at 2:30
Could "hana'as garon" be derived from the gum base, which never usually makes it to the throat? – WAF Aug 2 '12 at 2:43
@WAF if "garon" literally meant throat, you could pretty much never be hayav for something because it is a beriya-it usually wouldn't be whole by the time it gets to your throat. – Baal Shemot Tovot Aug 2 '12 at 2:46
@DoubleAA I'd imagine you can have cases with one without the other... – yydl Sep 15 '13 at 1:18

It is on the flavouring. According to the famous Birkas Hashem (maamarim 1, quoted by the responsum on the topic - see below), there wouldn't be a need for a Bracha on flavourless gum.

People don't typicaly chew such gum today, choosing only flavoured gums.


While there are poskim (Birkas Hashem, maamarim 1) that hold that one does not recite a bracha before chewing gum, most follow R’ Ovadia Yosef (Yabia Omer 7 OC:33) and R’ Ephraim Greenblatt (Rivevos Ephraim 6:80:2) and recite shehakol.

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Rav Yishak Yosef writes that you make the Beracha on the flavoring combining with the syliva.

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The flavoring This is based on the psak of the rambam that one who sucks on sugar cane for flavor even though they are not eating anything still makes a shehakol.

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It would improve your answer if you could please provide a reference to the Rambam. – Avrohom Yitzchok Aug 10 '14 at 17:40
And the Rambam you are quoting does not say you aren't eating anything. He just says it isn't a fruit. He compares it to date honey. – Y ez Aug 10 '14 at 18:02

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