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Does Chewing Gum Make You Hungry?

Many people that chew gum report feeling hungrier when they chew as opposed to when they aren’t chewing gum. That has caused many people to wonder, “does chewing gum make you hungry?”

The answer is yes. Chewing gum makes you hungry for two reasons. The first reason is that it causes your body to burn extra calories. University studies show that the physical act of chewing gum increases calorie burn ever so slightly. That increase causes the body to use energy.

The second reason is that chewing gum causes you to salivate. It tricks the body into thinking you are eating and causes signals from your brain to your stomach that food is on the way. Except food never comes. It’s almost like playing a cruel joke on your stomach.

There’s really no danger in chewing gum. Some say that it can cause your stomach acids to eat away at your lining, but there is no proof of this. Chewing gum is in fact a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth without indulging in high calorie sweets and treats. As mentioned earlier you can even burn a few extra calories by chewing it on a regular basis. Just make sure than when you chew gum you select a sugar free version that will not add calories or cause your teeth to get cavities.

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