By Linda Melone, CSCS, Prevention
We know what you're going to say. "Now you're taking away my gum, too?!" After all, chewing gum seems like such a harmless--no, even smart--habit. You want something sweet? Pop a stick of gum for less than 5 calories (better than a candy bar, right?). Stressed? Chew a couple sticks of gum (preferable to chewing out a coworker, no?). Feeling hungry? Chomp some gum while you think about your options (as in, hit the brakes before you end up knuckle-deep in the chips). What's not to like?
How about IBS and junk food binges, just to name a few unwelcome consequences of your gum habit. Consider the following before you reach for that next stick…
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Chewing gum before a meal is often recommended as a way to reduce hunger and eat less. But a recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors debunks this belief. The study showed gum chewing not only had no effect on