Chewing Gum: Why Do People Lose Weight?

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Did you know that the average person chews 300 pieces of gum every year? Also, did you know that chewing gum while cutting onions stops you from crying? It is no wonder why so many people chew gum! There are probably many more reasons people choose to chew gum, but three main reasons are, it helps your breath smell nice, it helps you lose weight, and it increases your memory by helping you concentrate.

People have been chewing types of gum for years. The ancient Greeks had begun putting wads of mastic tree resin in their mouth to sweeten their breath. Bad breath can be caused by many things. The most common reason is food debris and dental plaque that remain in the mouth after having a meal. Chewing gum can be a quick way to reduce the bad
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Laboratory research findings from the University of Rhode Island, suggest that chewing gum may help reduce your calorie intake and enhance energy expenditure (calorie burning). More specifically, the study shows that over half a day you might be able to save over sixty calories just by casually chewing sugar-free gum for an hour in the morning. The research also showed that when people chewed gum before and after eating, calorie burning could be higher than in non-gum chewers by about 5 percent. Gum is helpful in both weight management and digestion. Recent studies have shown that chewing gum could help fight obesity in children and teens. With obesity rates in America higher than they have ever been, this is a big deal. After research and experiments, the University of Liverpool concluded that chewing gum can greatly reduce calorie intake. This is thought to be accomplished in two ways. The first way is that gum reduces hunger cravings, and keeps one's mouth occupied. Nobody likes to eat while chewing gum, so unnecessary snacking is reduced. The act of chewing may also aid in digestion by increasing the flow of saliva. When saliva is swallowed, it stops the reflux of acid back into the throat. Acid reflux in children and teens has grown exponentially in the past few years. It is considered one of the leading causes of esophageal cancer, which is also on the rise in this age …show more content…
A study in the United Kingdom discovered that people who chewed gum while memorizing a list of words did 25 percent better than those who were not chewing. In Japan, an experiment with nine participants found that chewing gum boosted blood flow to the brain by up to 40 percent. Increased blood flow means increased oxygen to the brain, and increased oxygen means increased concentration. The consistent motion of chewing has also been connected to a more peaceful classroom. The motion is thought to relieve stress and free students to focus on their school work more efficiently and with less distraction. This is especially true if students are plagued by attention deficit disorder, or simply have difficulty concentrating. Gum is actually known for giving confidence and concentration says Michael Jordan. He would chew gum during his games to help him. Chewing gum is also a big thing for football coaches like Bill Cowher and Mike Ditka. In other words chewing gum wakes us up, ensuring that we are fully focused on the task at hand. Unfortunately, the gum only helps for a certain time. When taking a test, save the gum for the hardest part, or for those questions when you feel your focus is not very good. The gum will help you concentrate, but the help won’t last

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