We all know that why many people chew gum is mostly to ward off bad breath or to satisfy their craving for something sweet.
But have you ever stopped to wonder if gum has any other benefits for you, not just a fun treat to enjoy?
Gums like many other things in life have their cons, for instance, chewing gum excessively can result in migraine foe young adults. But when chewed moderately, bubble gum has a myriad of astounding benefits that go way beyond your mouth.
10 Fun facts about bubble gum
- 10,000 tons of bubble gum is chewed every year all over the world
- Chewing gum can keep one from crying, reduce stress and aids concentration
- Sugar makes up 60 to 70 percent of bubble gum
- The largest piece of gum ever was equivalent to 10,000 pieces of chewing gum
- Kids in North America spend approximately half a billion on bubble gum yearly
- You can remove bubble gum stuck in your hair by rubbing the piece stuck with peanut butter
- Scientists found a 9,000 year old wad of chewing gum in Sweden
- Humans are the only animals that chew gum. Monkeys come close, but they only chew for a couple of minutes, before taking it out and sticking to their hair.
- The largest bubble gum ever blown measured 23 inches in diameter
- A mathematician once calculated the amount of energy Americans expend everyday when chewing gum, and realized that the energy expended was enough to light a city of ten million people
Here are some shocking benefits of chomping on a stick of gum.
- Improves memory and cognitive performance
Multiple studies have shown that chewing gum boosts mental performance. It increases the flow of blood to the brain by 25 to 40 percent. This increase in turn results in an increase in the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain, which also boosts the efficiency with which the brain functions, hence enhancing memory and cognitive functions.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
Psychology has it that chewing gum can be a great substitute
for instinctual nervous habits like nail biting, leg shaking, when you are
stressed. Apparently, when you nibble on some gum in emotionally charged
situations, you release nervous energy by reducing the stress hormone cortisol
in the body.
In other words, when you chew gum, you are likely to feel calmer and alert. It could suffice as an off shoot of deep breathing.
- Improves eating habits and manage weight
Chewing gum does not only improve our eating habits, it also manages our weight. Even though chewing gum might not automatically melt pound off your body, it helps ward off some food cravings, helping you consume less and manage your weight gain. Popping gum over that bag of fries or chips does not just cut your calorie count, it also acts as a stop signal, telling you not to eat anymore. The mindless nibbling of gum can suppress appetite.
Studies have shown that people who chewed gum after eating lunch had less food cravings later in the day. You are also less likely to eat high-calorie if you chew gum at the end of a meal. This mindless nibbling can save calories
- Fights Nausea
Safe herbal gum can help naturally relieve you from morning sickness or motion sickness. The ginger and extra saliva production work to aid digestion and stomach irritability. A piece of gum has been proven to be more effective than even leading nausea drugs. Chewing gum is sometimes prescribed by colorectal surgeons to help patients stimulate their digestive system, especially after major bowel surgery.
- Relieves acid reflux and heart burn
Acid reflux occurs when the stomach acid gets congested in the tube that connects your throat to your esophagus. This results in the irritable burning and sour sensation that is regurgitated food. Chewing gum after meals helps relieve acid reflux and heartburn by reducing the acid in your esophagus. This is because, when you chew gum, there is increased saliva production, causing you to swallow frequently. The acid is steadily neutralized and inflammation is reduced, consequently soothing your esophagus in the process.
- Prevents tooth decay
No doubt, the one way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth regularly, but we can all agree that it is not really convenient to always brush our teeth after every meal. That’s is why you should try a sugar free gum to prevent tooth decay.
Chewing them 20 minutes after meal can reduce plaque, cavities, gingivitis , and also promote tooth enamel. All you need do is ensure whatever gum you are eating is sugar free, as sugar containing gums can promote tooth decay.
- Relieves dry mouth
Another benefit of chewing sugar free gum is that it helps combat dry mouth. This is because chewing gum stimulates saliva up to 10 times the resting rate. This is a huge help in reversing oral dryness and the problems commonly associated with dry mouth
- Relieves ear pain during flight
Having ear ache as a result of air pressure changes during takeoff and landing can be very disconcerting. Thankfully, there are ways to combat it such as, yawning, pinching your nose, opening and closing your jaws and of course. But the easiest of them all is chewing gum. The saliva production coupled with the jaw movement that comes from gum chewing assist efficiently in equalizing the pressure in your ears.
- Helps fight dependence on addictive stimulants
This benefit comes down to the physical act of gum chewing. When you chew gum, it not only reduces cravings for snacks, but also reduces (or provides a helpful diversion) from cravings for stimulants like nicotine and caffeine. So, if you are trying to quit smoking or break similar addictive habits, chewing gum is a handy strategy to add to your arsenal.
- Helps curb cigarette addiction
Chewing gum can help distract you from your cigarette cravings with nicotine-filled gum. The gum delivers a controlled amount of nicotine to your system to help reduce your cravings. Chewing gums can also help moderate your oral cravings of cigarettes