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Benefits of Chewing Gum

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Chewing gum is a pastime of many individuals. Some choose it for fighting bad breath, fighting nerves, or even fighting bad habits. Research shows a link between chewing gum after meals and improving oral health. The Wrigley Science Institute measures the benefits of chewing gum, not only to improve oral health, but also in the areas of weight management, stress relief, and increased alertness and concentration.

Studies have shown the efficacy of chewing sugarless gum after eating meals. This is because the stimulation of saliva helps clear any acids remaining around the teeth and gums. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research shows positive results of children chewing sugarless gum after meals with close to a 40 percent reduction of dental cavities compared to non-chewers.

Along with oral health benefits of after-meal chewing, this habit may reduce your total calorie intake. Sugarless gum comes in a countless number of flavors, and not to mention around five calories a stick, this can be a smart after-dinner choice to curb a sweet tooth. In addition to the reduced number of calories in this “dessert,” energy expenditure increases with chewing, aiding in calorie depletion.

Growing up, chewing gum was prohibited in the classroom. Now it seems like chewing gum actually helps increase alertness and the ability to focus. Wrigley traveled across the U.S. promoting “The Official Sponsor of Finals Week,” appearing at 25 college campuses with efforts to improve concentration and test scores. Chewing gum produces more oxygen while disposing more carbon dioxide, also showing improvement in memory.

The act of chewing gum has been noticed to lower stress levels. Research supports an increase in blood flow to the brain, leading to increased brain activity and arousal responses. This increase encourages a more relaxed state and improved mood. (Might be helpful during rush hours).

So if you happen to question grabbing a pack of gum next time you are standing in line at the checkout, it might be worth it!

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Hi Claire

Thanks for this great article.

I chew gum on occasion now that my braces are out but seriously - the way people chew gum makes we want to tear my hair out. Gum is supposed to chewed quietly - and occasionally. The incessant smacking and loud chewing and the inevitable blowing of bubbles makes my stomach queasy!

Sugar free gum can be good for our teeth, aids in digestion, improves focus and allows fresh breath-among other good things! I also completely agree on the weight management, especially when the gum is a minty flavor. Chewing gum can stimulate digestion a little too much and makes us feel hungry but the mint flavor often offsets that.

But half the people chewing gum should not be! Drives me bananas! It also knocks a few points off their IQ for me, as I tend to view the person smacking and chewing as a little light on the scale!

I digress, I guess but I had to throw that pet peeve in there. If we chew gum, we need to chew it with some dignity!

March 8, 2010 - 12:17pm
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