Top 5 Benefits of Chewing Gum

History tells us that chewing gum has been a favorite pastime of people for thousands of years. In fact, the Greeks used to chew masticha, their version of the gum, made out of the resin from the mastic tree. The Mayans also made use of the sap of the sapodilla tree and made their own gum. But it was only in 1871 that a man named Thomas Adams patented a machine that produces the chewing gum we know today.

So why exactly do we chew gum, apart from the fact that it gives us something to do when we are bored? What benefits do we derive from chewing on gum? Here are 5 ways chewing gum can help you:

1. Chewing gum helps you manage your weight

A standard gum contains about 5 to 10 calories per serving. This is really low compared to other popular snack choices. Popping a piece of gum keeps you occupied and will thus stop you from eating food with higher calorie content. It suppresses your appetite, so that by the time you finish chewing, you will not be as hungry as you were before you opened a pack of gum.

2. It is a great stress reliever

Have you ever been stuck in heavy traffic? Have you ever experienced being in a ridiculously long line in a grocery store? Sometimes, in these situations, people get stressed simply because they are not doing anything except to wait for their turn. They begin to worry about the time they are wasting; they become very edgy and unable to keep still.

When you find yourself in a similar situation, chew a piece of gum and you will realize that you are chewing your worries away. This is because chewing is a physical activity where you are able to channel your frustrations.

3. It encourages you to focus

Often, athletes and soldiers are given gum to help improve their concentration and stay in the game. Also, various studies point out that gum improves memory. Those who continuously chewed gum throughout a battery of memory tests scored better than the non-gum eaters. This is why students are encouraged to chew gum whenever they are studying or taking their exams.

4. It is a great travel aid

Those who are not habitual plane travelers can find relief from ear irritation in the form of chewing gum. This is because the effects of changing air pressure are dampened by chewing gum. Also, a number of people say that chewing game reduces episodes of motion sickness.

5. It can be customized to suit various needs

Because chewing gum is a versatile product, it can made in such a way that it caters to the different needs of consumers. For instance, there are chewing gums with caffeine, so as to prevent drowsiness and give a jolt of energy to those who need it. There are also chewing gum substitutes for smoking, flavored with nicotine to help wean smokers from their nasty and self-destructive habit. Sugarless gum is also widely available, helping those with diabetes get their daily sweet fix without the guilt.

The Hidden Truth About Chewing Gum

Everyday when walking a long the streets you will notice everyone chewing gum. People do this for different reasons and purposes, but did you know chewing has many unknown advantages to human beings?

For those always struggling to lose weight then try chewing gum. It helps in controlling your appetite and reducing cravings for snacks with high calories. Research by scientists indicates that it can help burn at least 11 calories per hour. Another research conducted from the University of Rhode Island indicated that people with a habit of gum chewing would consume 68 fewer calories at lunch and would not want to eat more food later that day.

It also helps greatly in improving your memory. Chewing alone helps in good circulation of blood in your brain by producing more oxygen and glucose and disposal of CO2. Recent research indicates that chewing gum, as matter of fact should be allowed in schools because a part from good memory, it makes one become more alert. It indicates that the gum-chewing students have better academic performance compared to those who do not chew. The research done at the Baylor College of Medicine conducted an experiment with 108 math students and realized that those students who while doing their math tests had a 3 percent increase in their academic results.

It is also amazing that dentists today prescribe some packets of gums to their patients. This is because chewing is very important in oral heath and for your teeth. Research shows that chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva that helps to get rid of sugar, food debris and acids that cause tooth decay. It leaves your mouth fresh all the time and whitens your teeth by reducing accumulating stains.

It also reduces symptoms of stress. The rhythmic motion keeps you from thinking a lot hence having a stress reducing effect on you. Psychiatrists and psychologists believe that chewing gum plays a great role in reducing tension and releasing nervous energy. It can easily help reduce frustration, anxiety and irritation. Some students are always advised to chew gum prior to sitting for their exams. It makes them stay calm and concentrate on their tests.

Other amazing benefits are that it takes away sleepiness and prevents you from crying when peeling onions. How amazing!

Here are some interesting facts about chewing. A person can chew 300 sticks of gum every year and that humans are the only animals on the planet that chew gum.

Did you also know that gum chewing in Singapore is highly regulated and you only have to purchase therapeutic dental gums from the dentist or doctor? Majority of population who enjoy it go to the neighboring countries to where it is legal and tourists are only allowed to bring a maximum of two packs per person any more than that, you are charged with gum smuggling.

Chewing Gum History

Chewing gum is one of the oldest candies in the world. Prehistoric people chewed on lumps of tree resin and become the first-ever gum chewers in recorded history. The early Greeks chewed on mastic, a resin from a tree that grows on the island of Chios, Greece. The Mayans chewed chicle made from the sap of the sapodilla tree. Early American colonists chewed on tree sap mixed with bee’s wax.

People always liked to chew because it cleaned their teeth and sweetened their breath.

In 1848 the first commercial gum were produced. John B. Curtis from Maine developed the first gum out of the resin from spruce tree. His first gum was called “State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.” John B. Curtis and his brother were using paraffin and they improved their gum by trying to put in some flavor. It was not really very tasty, but it was the first commercially sold gum. Curtis brothers established the Curtis Chewing Gum Factory.

In 1869 Amos Tyler patented the first chewing gum made from rosin and olive oil.

In 1869 Antonio Lopez de Santa, a Mexican general and conqueror of the Alamo, came to inventor Thomas Adams to develop a new form of rubber using chicle. Adams produced the first modern-day chewing gum. His gum was much smoother and softer than earlier spruce gum. This gum held its flavor better, but problem with flavor continued. Adams patented a gum-making machine. His chicle gum rolled into balls, and wrapped in colored tissue paper. By 1888, an Adams’ chewing gum called Tutti-Frutti became the first gum to be sold in a vending machine. The first vending machine was located in a New York City’s subway station.

Until the late 1870s, chewing gum has little or no flavor. A druggist from Kentucky, John Colgan, added sugar to chicle and made chewing gum a sweeter treat. However, the flavor did not last for long.

Problem with holding flavor was not fixed until 1880, when William White combined sugar and corn syrup with chicle. He added peppermint extract and his first gum with peppermint was Yucatan gum. Peppermint flavor become an instant hit, and even today it is still the most popular choice.

During the same period Dr. Edward E. Beeman adds pepsin powder to chicle and promotes it as a digestive aid.

In the early 1880s, the brothers, Henry and Frank Fleer, began experimenting with chicle. Frank Fleer attempted to invent the first bubble gum naming it “Blibber Blubber Bubble Gum.” This bubble gum was too sticky and never sold well. You could make bubbles with Blibber Blubber Bubble, but chewing was not as enjoyable as it should be.

In 1899, a dentist Franklin Canning, developed a dental gum which name was “Dentyne.”

In 1891 William Wrigley Jr founded company “Wrigley Chewing Gum”. His first two brands, Lotta and Vassar (later and Juicy Fruit) were a big success. In 1893 Wrigley’s Spearmint was introduced. Later in the 1900’s William Wrigley, Jr. promoted Spearmint with advertising. Wrigley’s Spearmint became a best seller. In 1914 Wrigley Doublemint brand was introduced.

In 1928, an employee at the Fleer Corporation Walter Diemer accidentally founded perfect formula for bubble gum! His bubble gum was not sticky! Double Bubble was based on original Frank Fleer formula.

The Topps Company came up with the idea of adding baseball cards to the chewing gum in 1950. The first Sugar-free version of chewing gum was introduced in the late 1950’s.

Today most gums are made out of corn syrup, natural latex or plastic, flavorings and softeners. They come in many shapes and colors.