Research shows that chewing gum while performing tasks can improve various aspects of brain function. This includes alertness, memory, understanding and decision making. According to a study, people who chewed gum during tests performed 24% better in short-term memory tests and 36% better in long-term memory tests.
Some researchers claim that, although chewing gum during tasks could be a bit of a distraction at the start, they could help you focus for longer periods. Other studies have only showed benefits during the first 15–20 minutes of a task.
These are 5 major benefits of chewing gum you didn’t know about.
Chewing Gum Could Help You Lose Weight
Chewing gum has proved to be a helpful tool for those trying to lose weight. This is because it’s both sweet and low in calories, giving you a sweet taste without blowing your diet. It is also believed that chewing could reduce your appetite. This could prevent you from overeating.
Another study shows that chewing gum after lunch decreases hunger and reduces snacking later in the day by around 10%.
However, the overall results are mixed. Some studies have reported that chewing gum does not affect appetite nor energy intake over the course of a day.