Why is there wax in gum?

Altoids GumI’ve been enjoying chewing this new Altoids Gum. Today, however, I just noticed that one of the ingredients is Carnuba Wax. Color me crazy, but isn’t that the stuff you use on your car? This is most curious indeed. Am I waxing my teeth? Will chewing this gum provide any sort of dentrifice protection against the elements? And where the hell is Carnuba? Who are these mysterious Carnubites and when did they begin making wax?

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