there’s actually research on gum-chewing and weight-loss. More from Diet Blog:A few years ago I asked a heavy-set friend of mine why he chewed so much gum. His response, “Dude, it totally helps you lose weight.” After I bashed him on the head, I walked away in disbelief. But apparently
There are a few shortcomings of such research:Chew tubby! Chew till the pounds melt away—sigh!
- The numbers were small - just 40 women and 20 men - of which only 9 were overweight or obese.
- The results were also skewed by those called "restrained eaters". Those who were good at denying themselves food tended to be the ones who ate less after chewing the gum.
- This is no double-blind research. Either you were chewing the gum or you weren't. Who is to say how the gum-chewers consciously or subconsciously changed their eating habits?
- The research was "supported" by an Educational Award from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.