If you’re trying to lose weight, you may want to get some gum!
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Rhode Island have found that chewing some gum can help you eat fewer calories at lunch and increase the amount of energy you expend. But note: it’s got to be sugar-free, which is usually less than 5 calories, since gum with sugar is generally at least double the calories.
Participants of the study, who chewed gum in the morning, ate 68 fewer calories at lunch compared to those who didn’t chew any gum at all – and they didn’t compensate for the fewer calories by eating more later on in the day, either. Plus, chewing gum prior to mealtimes and afterwards boosted energy expenditure rates by 5%, which means they could burn more calories overall than non-chewers throughout the day.
It may not be much, but every little bit certainly helps when you’re trying to shed the pounds!This entry was posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 8:22 am and is filed under General Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.