Sunday, September 01, 2013
I chew gum... quite a lot.
I chew this gum, in spite of my mom's constant message in my childhood: "Don't chew gum; you'll look like a cow chewing on its cud." That image constantly runs in the back of my mind any time I'm chewing gum.
As a result, I don't chew gum in public very often.
I have found that modern brands of gum can add freshness to my mouth during the day -
--right after a meal, or
--whenever I have a lingering feeling of staleness in my mouth.
I realize also that I enjoy the act of chewing.
I especially will get into gum chewing when I am alone -- either at home or in the car.
(Being alone limits my feelings of guilt about the cow image.)
When I asked my dentist - he said he had no problem with my chewing gum.
When I looked online, I found that Web MD made the following claim:
"Chewing gum can be good for you. Not only can it freshen your breath, it can help you overcome cigarette cravings, improve your memory -- and even help you lose weight."
They even cited some studies to support their claims.
Web MD did offer one warning, though, not to overdo it. Apparently many of the sugar free gums contain sorbitol, which when consumed in larger amounts (15 to 20 sticks daily) can lead to chronic diarrhea.
Web Md advised us to consider gum chewing as another tool in our weight loss kit -- and that is just what I am doing.