Friday, January 17, 2014

Chewing gum--sane or sin?

I remember back in the day, a friend of mine and I used to chew gum on Saturday. Only that day. Once, we went to the mall, shopped all day, then got back in the car--and our jaws locked at the same time. We could not open them even to laugh our guts out. Soooo...good times.

The WSJ tackled the weighty subject of gum chewing. Jan 14, 2014.

The minute you toss a piece of gum in your trap, the brain thinks digestion is starting. A bunch of fluids come out. When nothing gets digested, the fluids can make you feel yucky.

Also, when you chew gum, you swallow a lot of air--we know where that leads. A peppermint taste can also promote reflux--or the backing up of stomach acids into the esophagus. Heartburn!

And then there is sorbital-a sweetner in many sugarless products. It can work in many people to cause diarrhea and cramps.

Science also does not support the claim that chewing gum makes you feel full and cuts cravings. In fact, by starting digestion, it may MAKE you hungry.

And then we come to the jaw issues--the chewing can increase clicking and discomfort if you are prone.

But--and there is come good news--chewing gum during a task can increase brain power. Or so says one scientist--who always takes gum along when he plays golf.

If you must chaw and chap, chew sugarless after a meal. It will clean your teeth.

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