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Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 04:55 AM

If you're looking to curb your appetite and improve your memory, you're probably exercising, eating healthier foods and trying to get some sleep. Those things are all good, but maybe you should try chomping on a stick of sugar-free gum.


At least that's what research funded by the Wrigley Science Institute and being presented at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting this week may have you think. The data are part of a growing body of research that is giving Americans more reasons to pop some gum in their mouths and chew away.


One line of research suggests that gum should no longer be treated as contraband in schools. This newest study indicates that chewing gum can lead to better academic performance.
Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine took 108 eighth-grade math students from a Houston, Texas, charter school and divided them into two groups, following them for 14 weeks. One group chewed gum while doing homework and during test-taking situations. The other group did not chew gum at all.


The results were surprising. The gum-chewing students had a 3 percent increase in their standardized math test scores compared with those who did not chew gum. Also, the students who chewed gum had better final grades compared with the non-chompers.


"Chewing gum is an easy tool students can use for a potential academic edge," says Craig Johnston, Ph.D., the lead researcher and an instructor in nutrition at the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
He also reports that teachers anecdotally found that students who chewed gum required fewer breaks, paid better attention and stayed quiet longer than those who did not.


Another study adds to a growing body of evidence centering on chewing gum satiety and cravings. Investigators at Louisiana State University took 115 people who regularly chewed gum and fed them lunch. They measured their cravings before and after lunch. They found that those subjects, who chewed gum three times hourly after lunch, ate fewer high-calorie snacks. The chewers also reported decreased feelings of hunger and cravings for sweet foods.



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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 05:00 AM

I'm constantly chewing gum...so this is good to hear


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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 05:05 AM

I chew "5 spearmint" like I need it to live. Awesome.


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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 05:17 AM

I go through about a pack a gum a day, so this is good, although I'm not sure whether or not it really works.


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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 06:06 PM

I can't chew gum while taking a test and/or do homework. Personally, I get distracted and even annoyed.


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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 07:54 PM

Personally, I would be very suspect of this because the Wrigley Science Institute is run by Wrigleys- who make chewing gum!
   
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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 23rd 2009, 08:19 PM

Well, that's good. Gum is pretty much all I chew on these days.


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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 24th 2009, 03:08 AM

well that's a cool thought. I'm almost always chewing gum.
   
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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 24th 2009, 04:27 AM

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Personally, I would be very suspect of this because the Wrigley Science Institute is run by Wrigleys- who make chewing gum!
That's what I was thinking


   
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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 24th 2009, 07:01 PM

Really...?¿ Isn't gum supposed to make you hungrier?¿
   
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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 25th 2009, 03:11 AM

I like gum, so this is good news.


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Re: Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind - April 25th 2009, 03:56 AM

A little suspicious, considering the test was done by Wrigley's. =P


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