There are two kinds of people who chew gum. The first kind chews because it is a habit which cannot be kicked easily. The second kind are the ones who chew on purpose. Yes, it could be surprising but there are some health benefits of
Such gums which are chewable are made of a naturally occurring latex product called chicle or synthetic rubber. More than 100,000 tons of chewable gum are produced each year.
Health Benefits of chewing gum
Improves brain functions
: Research has shown that people who chew gum have increased alertness, concentration and memory. People who chew gums throughout tests had better results than people who did not. The possible reason for this is thought to be the continuous chewing or moving of jaws. The hippocampus is the part of the brain which is responsible for our memory. It increases activity in the hippocampus and improves memory. It increases heart rate and the blood glucose level just enough to increase the blood and oxygen supply to the brain. Thus, it might be a situation where both the hemispheres are acting together and enhancing brain functions like memory and other cognitive powers.
Prevents weight gain
: With as little as 5-10 calories per gum, it could be an efficient snack for the emotional eater. It keeps the mouth moist and active all the time. This reduces cravings for high calorie snacks. It is a good distraction and keeps the mind off eating. Besides, as much as 11 calories per hour are burned just by chewing it.
: The rhythmic motion of chewing gum can release nervous energy and stress. It can keep the mind distracted for some time from regular worries and help harbor a general good feeling.
: It enhances the quality and quantity of saliva in the mouth. Saliva contains the necessary enzymes to help break down food and improve digestion. It has also been found to be useful in GERD.
Improves Oral Hygiene
: Increased saliva production also helps in combating the bacteria of the mouth and prevent teeth decay. It helps extract decaying food particles in between the teeth and inhibits proliferating bacteria. It removes stains, protects the tooth enamel by reducing production of acids from the bacteria and reduces calculus and plaque. Having sugar free
after meals can help reduce cavities.