Wrigley has created a website called gumisgood.com. Its aim is to create awareness about the benefits of chewing gum. According to the company, chewing gum:
- Improves oral health
- Helps in weight management
- Improves concentration and alertness
- Provides stress relief
Let’s look at the second benefit. Wringley claims that chewing a 5-10 calorie piece of gum is a better replacement of high-calories snacks. It even tried to proved the claim with a study. The study found out that chewing gums help reduce hunger, reduce cravings for sweets and decrease snack intake.
However, I realized that the research used only 40 women and 20 men in the experiments. The results will have been more convincing with more specimens. Moreover, this exercise is funded by the company itself (Wrigley Science Institute ), and not by any other independent third party research company.
I have a friend who has gum chewing habit after he finishes a meal. He told me that the gum not only helps clean his teeth, but also stop him from ordering more food to eat. I also know of people who take chewing gum as a replacement for boredom eating.
I used to like chewing gum too, but I got rid of the habit when I wore braces when I were 14. Even after without the braces, nowadays I chew “socially”, only if I were offered the gum by others. I don’t think chewing gum will discourage me from eating. In fact, I get hungry. Probably my body expects something to eat when I have more saliva after chewing the gum. So, for weight control purpose or to eat something out of boredom, I rather eat fruit than having chewing gum.
In short, I don’t really buy into the idea of controlling weight by having chewing gum. Having gums in the mouth will not stop me from eating later. It is still the will power that makes the difference.
How about you, do you chew gum to stop yourself from eating junk food?
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