One thing you have to admit about the sweet and sticky snack is, that it is very tasty and a lifesaver when it comes to reducing bad breath. There are many claims of the health benefits of gum. Depending on the individual, it can improve some mental and physical aspects. I love gum, especially after a meal. I have heard that it helps maintain good oral health.
Here are some benefits of chewing gum.
According to psychologists, chewing gum can help improve memory and increase cognitive powers. They found that people who chew gum scored higher than those who did not. Why, well they say that while chewing your gum it increases the memory part of your brain (hippocampus). It also increases glucose levels, which is fuel for the body and mind.
Eating gum supposedly increases blood flow to the brain. Increased heart rate improves oxygen to the brain, which then enhances cognitive powers. Studies show that chewing gum boosts blood flow to the brain by as much as 25 percent to 40 percent while chewing.
Psychologist and psychiatrists believe that eating gum reduce tension and release nervous energy. Some teachers suggest that their students chew gum to strengthen concentration and alertness. It may be a great stress reliever.
It helps with weight loss. Gum is only about 5 to 10 calories per serving. Replacing it with sugary snacks can help manage weight, Those who at gum for a snack, lowered calorie consumption by 36 calories.
Chewing gum increase salvia flow, which promotes frequent swallowing. This helps prevent reflux of acid from the stomach to the throat.
It improves oral health. Scientific study shows that chewing gum is good for oral health. It influences salvia, which is a great protector from cavities and a health mouth.
Salvia when stimulated, corrects potentially harmful environment using its high concentration of buffers, minerals, and antibacterial components. It is important to the mouth, flushes sugars, food debris and decaying-causing acids out of the mouth.
Sugar free gum has more benefits. It maintains good dental health by preventing cavities from forming demineralises tooth enamel and blocks bacteria growth. Those who chewed gum after a meal had fewer cavities than those who did not.
Other benefits of gum are, some people become more attentive and more alert. Chewing gum that is sweetened with xylito does not raise blood sugar. In addition, gum is very refreshing and great for keeping bad breath afar.
Gum has proven health benefits, but does not mean it can work for every person. Trident, Orbit and Wrigley’s Extra are some good choices when it comes to picking a healthy and low calories snack.
Bad things about gum are:
When gum gets suck in hair
On the clothes
Under a table
Under your shoe
Smeared into the rug
Falling asleep with it in your mouth and waking up with it all over your face.
I just had to list some annoying and funny things about it. “I can relate to the last one.”
Source: Chewing Gum Factor.com