Chewing gum has become an integral part of our everyday life. And while some people chew gum only after meals, others do it out of boredom or habit. Although chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva, which cleanses the mouth and pushing freshens breath, this habit has a negative side.
Bloating And Indigestion
During chewing the gum, you swallow up to three times more air. The air stays in your digestive tract and can cause cramps, gas, and bloating. Also, chewing stimulates the production of stomach acid, which can lead to heartburn.
During the chewing, many people keep their mouths open, while other like to play around with their gum using their fingers. This way, a large number of bacteria enters your body causing health problems.
Researches have shown that chewing gum increases the desire for unhealthy food. The menthol flavor makes fruits and vegetables taste sour, while making salty and unhealthy foods more desirable. Also, chewing gum gives you appetite, making you feel hungry more quickly.