Myths about chewing gum

Nowadays, everyone and everywhere – at school and at home, at university and in transport, in cinemas and during conversations, disregarding certain norms of behavior. Children are mostly attracted to the outward side: the variety of beautifully packaged packs and records with different names, pictures, as well as the active propaganda coming from the screens every day.

Advertising attributes various miraculous properties to chewing gum: it improves tooth enamel, prevents the appearance and tartar, eliminates bad breath, restores the acid-base balance and so on. Is it true?

Chewing gum prevents tooth decay

Yes and no. This applies only to chewing gum that does not contain sugar. Such gum does remove plaque and food debris, reducing the risk of tooth decay by one-third. However, it cannot remove plaque the way a toothbrush can. The solution: use gum after you eat when you can’t brush your teeth (at work, for example).

Chewing gum whitens teeth

No. Unfortunately, this is just an advertising promise. Chewing gum contains no substances capable of whitening teeth, and the mechanical action does not remove tartar, the main enemy of a whiter smile.

Gum can act as a laxative

Yes. The composition of chewing gum is its greatest enemy. Chemical dyes, flavorings, and sweeteners cause a bunch of undesirable effects, the most innocent of which are allergies and diarrhea. Sugar substitutes (sorbitol, xylitol, maltitol, mannitol) act as laxatives. In addition, these substances can retain some water in the large intestine, causing cramps and flatulence.

Chewing gum helps you lose weight

No. Chewing between meals in no way dulls your sense of hunger. Moreover, chewing gum is contraindicated for people with gastrointestinal diseases. During chewing we, like Pavlov’s dogs, actively secrete saliva and gastric juice, which can subsequently lead to serious problems (gastritis, duodenitis and other troubles).

Accidentally swallowed gum is not digested, but stays in the stomach for seven years

No. Fortunately, our body does not accept such a long time. The composition of gum does allow it not to be digested, but it can remain in the gastrointestinal tract for a maximum of 1-2 days, until your excruciating suspicions are interrupted naturally. Most likely, it will happen even earlier, because sorbitol (a component of many chewing gums), as we have already found out, acts as a laxative. You should only worry if a small child swallowed the gum and it did not come out within the allotted time.

Chewing gum helps you concentrate

Yes. Japanese researchers concluded that the process of chewing really does activate areas of the brain responsible for attention and motor functions. They found that volunteers in intelligence tests performed 10 percent faster and better on average when chewing gum (but without flavor or smell).

Chewing gum gives you wrinkles

Yes. Plastic surgeons in the U.S. have observed that chewing gum lovers are prone to the formation of wrinkles around the mouth. Excessive strain on the facial muscles leads to gradual deformities in the skin as well, the skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles form. So chewing gum is not a good idea if you want to keep your skin healthy.

Of course, in some situations, chewing gum can be beneficial. For example, if you get carsick, chew gum – and the nausea will disappear. Chewing gum can also help you cope with a blocked ear on an airplane.

But if you suffer from periodontal disease, have problems with mobility of the teeth, using dental construction, you are categorically not allowed to use chewing gum, as chewing gum can contribute to the destruction of teeth.

Italian specialists have invented a chewing gum that easily suppresses the appetite and makes the stomach stop the traitorous rumbling.

According to a study, appetite is regulated by the hormone tyrosine-tyrosine peptide (PYY), which is produced by L-cells in the gut. It is its amount that determines a person’s sense of satiety. As soon as the level of PYY rises in the blood, it means that you have had a good and satisfying meal. Often in overweight people it is in low concentrations, not responding in any way to food intake, so they experience a constant feeling of hunger.

Scientists say that to regulate appetite, you need to increase the amount of the hormone in your blood. Pills containing PYY are ineffective because the hormone is destroyed in the stomach, so it was decided to release gum with tyrosine tyrosine peptide.