Gum: Can it Make You Smarter and Slimmer?

Two new studies offer interesting reasons to chew more.

By Janis Graham from Reader's Digest | August 2009

Gum chewing may be a habit worth cultivating. According to two new studies (both funded by the Wrigley Science Institute but well designed), a little sugar-free chomping may bring:

    Stick of Chewing Gum You're just a stick away from two incredible health perks!

  • Better performance in school. Eighth grad­ers who chewed gum during class, homework, and tests increased their math test scores by 3 percent and had better final math grades than nonchewing kids. Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine say gum may help sustain attention by easing stress and anxiety.
  • Less snacking. Volunteers who chewed gum for 15 minutes each hour between lunch and a snack consumed 60 fewer calories from sweets than when they went gum-free.

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