Study Shows Chewing Gum Could Make You Fat
31. March 2013
Those people who love to chew chewing gums better limit their intake on such product or end up being obese.
A recent medical study has shown that eating chewing gums could lead to weight gain or obesity. The researchers explained that people who chew gum eat more high calorie sweet foods. The researchers added that this due to the fact that the chemical responsible for the minty flavour of gum makes savoury foods, especially fruit and vegetables, taste unpleasant.
Based on the same study, the researchers also found out that people who chew gum tend to eat fewer meals but that this does not translate to fewer calories. Medical advocates for their part called on people addicted to chewing gums to limit their intake on that kind of food or abandon it totally for the sake of their health.
Based on internet facts, chewing gum is a type of gum made of chicle, a natural latex product, or synthetic rubber known as polyisobutylene. Health experts said most chewing gums are considered polymers. The experts said chewing gum in various forms has existed since at least 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period. The experts added that 5,000-year-old chewing gum with tooth imprints, made of bark tar, has been found in Kierikki, Yli-Ii, Finland.
They said the bark tar of which the gums were made is believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages. They added that the ancient Aztecs used chicle as a base for making a gum-like substance. Moreover, the experts said women in particular used this type of gum as a mouth freshener.
The experts added that forms of chewing gums were also used in Ancient Greece. The experts explained that the Greeks chewed mastic gum, made from the resin of the mastic tree.