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Health Benefits of Chewing Gum

Posted Aug 12 2009 10:11pm

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Unlike in the old days when chewing gums primarily contain corn sweeteners which cause tooth decay, most chewing gums today are made with non-sugar sweeteners such as xylitol. It has cavity-reducing qualities, therefore promoting good oral health. Now that the gums produced do not have sugar content, we can fully take advantage of the health benefits of chewing gums.

Natural Health Ezine shares with us how chewing gum can positively affect our health.

1. Promote weight loss

  • Calorie-free treat – It is a better alternative than high calorie offerings such as cakes and cookies.
  • Its sweetness may be enough to compensate for any possible desire to indulge in any sweets.
  • The act of chewing gum burns calories at the rate of 11 calories per hour. It may seem slow but it can add up over time that will result to a slight weight loss.

2. Promote good oral hygiene

  • Chewing gum allows salive to flow and flush away bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum diseases and bad breath.
  • It helps in neutralizing acids in the mouth that also cause tooth decay.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, chewing gum containing xylitol for at least five minutes after every meal can reduce levels of bacteria that are known to cause tooth decay.

3. Reduce tenson and anxiety

  • Chewing gum helps release nervous energy according to Wrigley Science Institute.  In fact, soldiers during World War I were given chewing gums to reduce their levels of stress while on combat.

4. Improve memory

  • The reason why chewing gum may improve memory is unknown. However, British psychologst conducted a study and the result was persons chewinng gum during the test showed better short and long memory test scores than when they didn’t.

In addition, chewing gum has been proven to be an effective displacement activity for people who want to stop smoking.

Although chewing gum may indeed be beneficial to our health, its contents, xylitol and sorbitol may cause flatulence and diarrhea, especially to sensitive people. Because of this, it is advised that chewing gum on a daily basis be put in moderation.

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