Can chewing Gum help in a diet? Many people think that chewing gum can curb cravings and of the body through Mastication is a kind of digestive fake. Those assumption turned out to be a myth. Two studies showed that gum-Chewing is not with weight loss can help and even be counterproductive.
Two scientific studies showed that gum-Chewing to reduce the number of total meals of the day, the intake of total calories, however, remains almost the same.
Chewing gum to unfold even a tangible negative effect: “chewing gum can reduce the consumption of fruit”, the researchers of the University at Buffalo in the scientific journal “Eating Behaviors”.
The researchers carried out a review study to examine the short and long effects of gum-Chewing. During the study, 44 male and female subjects chewed in the lab, chewing gums with different flavors. A second group took the meals as a check, the group without previous Chewing gum.
The total intake of calories compared to eating meals without previous chewing gum-the same Chew for all subjects. It also turned out that “the flavors rich no influence on the food of high-calorie food”. The result showed that Mini chewing gum reduced the intake of fruit significantly. “It could be that the mint bitter ingredients to be reinforced or sweeter weaker tasted”, according to the research team.
In a second study that took a total of 54 subjects, two times a week, long before each meal, gum chewing. The study participants were able to choose between two varieties of chewing gum. The size of the meal was no matter. The first variety contained Guarana and green tea extracts. The second chewing gum-variety looked visually the same, but contained no significant ingredients. Both of these gum varieties but without the sugar and with Spearmint and Sugar substitutes added. Also, it turned out, “the fact that the calorie intake was not reduced as a whole, however, the fruit consumption decreased for most participants”.
For comparison among all participants took two gum-free weeks, the locations between the chewing gum weeks. It was noticeable, however, that the participants during the gum weeks less between meals revenue, but the meals have the calories loss. As a result, the calorie intake was the same as in the gum-free weeks. “In no week of testing, the participants have lost weight. Chewing gums are very likely to be for a diet to be unsuitable.“ In addition, it showed that gum-chewing will also have a negative impact on a healthy diet. The subjects ate a total of less fruit. Both studies are published in Eating Behaviors. (sb)