April 10, 2009

Chewing Gum Curbs Appetite

Chewing gum regularly may reduce sweet cravings and hunger, new research suggests.

Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge conducted a study of 115 men and women between the ages of 18 and 54. Participants chewed Extra sugar-free gum for 15 minutes hourly for three hours and were then provided with snack choices. This process was repeated where the participants did not chew gum.

After analyzing the study, researchers found participants who chewed the gum decreased their overall snack intake by 40 calories, and lessened their sweet snack intake by 60 calories. When they chewed gum, they reported feeling less hungry and had fewer sweet cravings.

"This research demonstrates the potential role chewing gum can play in appetite control, reduction of snack cravings and weight management," Dr. Paula J Geiselman, chief of women's health and eating behavior and smoking cessation at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. was quoted as saying.

Chewing gum may cause small changes in calories, adding up to long term results.

SOURCE: Presented at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans, La.