A gum chewing study has revealed some sad findings … namely, that you can’t blow bubbles and blast cellulite, alas.
The gum chewing study examined the idea that chewing sugarless gum is an effective way to combat cravings or stave off snacking. Researchers at Ohio State University looked at the effects of chewing gum on hunger and cravings, and their findings seem to indicate that the practice may not be entirely beneficial for dieters.
In the gum chewing study, participants were asked to chew gum as well as keep a food diary — and researchers discovered that while people ate less or fewer meals, the content of those food choices may have been affected by their Juicy Fruit jones.
Gum chewing study co-author Christine Swoboda is doctoral candidate in nutrition at Ohio State University, and she explains that the act of chewing gum may inhibit the consumption of certain nutrient heavy and calorically less dense foods, saying:
“[Gum chewing study participants] ate less fruits and vegetables, because in their head, they thought ‘I have to chew gum before every meal — do I really want a snack of grapefruit? Whereas, they were like, ‘I’m so hungry I’m going to eat this double cheeseburger and it will taste the same.'”
The precise mechanisms behind findings in the gum chewing study remain unclear, and researchers have a theory. Menthol, a common ingredient in gum, may influence tastebuds and alter the likelihood we reach for broccoli over buffalo wings after a gum chewing session.