Chewing gum helps weight loss

It reduces snack cravings, scientists have revealed

Chewing gum reduces snack cravings and may help with weight loss, scientists have revealed.

Research found people who chew sugar-free gum up to three times an hour eat fewer snacks, cutting their daily calorie intake. Eating sweet snacks in the afternoon was down 40 calories – while overall daily intake was down 60.

Besides tasting good and keeping the mouth fresh, gum can therefore potentially control appetite and help manage weight.

Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University analysed 115 men and women, some of whom chewed a sugar-free gum three times hourly in the afternoon.

During each visit, subjects were offered an array of snacks three hours after a proper lunch and were told they could eat to their heart’s content. On one afternoon the participants chewed sugarless gum for 15 minutes hourly in the period between lunch and snack time.

The subjects were then asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their levels of hunger, craving for snacks and energy level. It was observed that when they chewed gum, on an average, they experienced decreased feelings of hunger and cravings for something sweet.

Dr Paula Geiselman of Pennington Biomedical Research, Louisiana, said: ‘This demonstrates the role chewing gum can play in appetite control.

‘Even small changes in calories can have an impact in the long term. And, this research supports the role of chewing gum as an easy, practical tool for managing snack, especially sweet snack, intake and cravings.’

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