For anybody trying to lose weight, a new report says that “taking up gum-chewing might not be a bad idea,” as “there’s actually a bit of scientific evidence showing that chewing gum helps fight fat in a number of ways.”
The research, sponsored by the Wrigley Science Institute, has suggested “that chewing gum may help reduce cravings, particularly for sweet snacks, and spur people to cut their daily intake by about 50 calories.”
According to a report in the Washington Post, the findings were presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society last month, and “showed that gum-chewing people consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and didn’t compensate by eating more later in the day.”
Although I’m always skeptical about research on gum financed by a gum manufacturer, this is an inexpensive intervention and may be worthy of considering. Just be sure to throw your gum away in a trash can when you’re done!