Bubble Gum has been a favorite treat for kids and adults alike for many years. It also has a minor health benefit. Many people wonder just how many calories you burn chewing gum. That question was finally answered in a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The researchers found that the average person burns 12 calories per hour chewing gum. The study found that a person’s metabolism, height, and weight had literally no effect on the amount of calories burned while chewing gum.
That’s certainly not enough to replace your workouts, but every little bit helps. A person who chews gum 10 hours a day would burn 120 calories in addition to having a very sore jaw.
If you are going to chew gum to burn calories be careful what type of gum you chew. Sugary bubble gum has unwanted calories and sugar that will basically nullify the calories you are burning while chewing. It is best to chew no calorie or low calories sugar free varieties of gum.
Although you’re not going to burn a lot of extra calories chewing gum, it may help you from consuming additional calories. Another study done on gum chewing showed that people consumed less snacks when they chewed gum. Individuals that did not chew gum had a tendency to snack more on unhealthy junk food.
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