Chewing gum can help reduce hunger; get your fill. This way there are no cravings for extra or junk food and you can have fewer binge eating
New Delhi: Do you love chewing gum? Well, who doesn’t? Aside from the tasty treat, it helps keep breath fresh. Chewing gum also helps to overcome smoking cravings and improves memory.
But did you know that those sweet, gummy candies you chew can also help you shed a few extra inches? But experts say chewing gum can only be good if it’s done within a limit.
Here are some of the chewing gum benefits listed below that may help you choose:
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- Reduce appetite: Chewing gum can help reduce hunger; get your fill. This way there are no cravings for extra or junk food and you can have fewer binge eating.
- Increases heart rate: It is believed that chewing gum during a walk increases heart rate and improves the likelihood of burning calories. A study published by the Journal of Physical Therapy Science states that chewing gum while walking can encourage people to walk a little faster and briskly. It also helps in preventing weight gain in the elderly.
- Reduces Cravings: Chewing gum can successfully divert attention from eating something extra or different than your planned meals. It also helps reduce cravings for snacks and high-calorie treats that we tend to overeat. Frontiers in Psychology, a medical journal, states that chewing gum reduces impulsive eating.
- Burn calories: A study published in the National Library of Medicine shows that chewing gum may also help you burn more calories. The study says that participants who chewed gum before and after breakfast burned about 3-5 percent more calories in the three hours after the meal than those who didn’t. In another study, chewing gum after a meal increased diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT), which is the number of calories burned through digestion.
Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in this article are for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a nutritionist before beginning any fitness program or changing your diet.