Chewing Gum: A Tool to Decrease Caloric Intake and Increase Energy Expenditure?

Published:April 6th, 2011

Do you want to feel less hungry during your meals without the aid of any weight loss and satiety-stimulating medications? Do you want to try a new way of keeping the lid on your appetite without feeling those hunger pangs?

Chewing can help you lose weight, according to a study reported in the Obesity Society conference. As mentioned in this study, healthy adult subjects who chew their gums one hour in the morning can decrease their caloric intake at lunch by 67 calories and prevent themselves from compensating this caloric deficit by eating more all throughout the day. In fact, male subject who participated in this study became less hungry after their chewing session. Furthermore, those subjects who chew their gums before and after eating their meals end up having more energy compared to those who never chew their gums at all.

According to the researchers of this study, the nerves distributed to the muscles of the jaw are stimulated with the repetitive motion of chewing. And this causes them to fire signals to the appetite center of the brain associated with satiety. This makes chewing gum an effective way for reducing hunger. However, larger-scale studies and clinical trials are still needed to further establish this fact.

 

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