Gum chewers are getting some good news when it comes to keeping trim! A link between chewing calorie-free gum and fat loss has been uncovered by a Mayo Clinic study and recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
According to the WorldRoom.com, a content aggregator for public television, “The Minnesota researchers concluded that chewing gum increases your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) by 20%. On average, people in the study burned 11 more calories per hour than those that did not.”
While 11 calories may not seem like much at first glance, it adds up. “Over the course of a year that amounts to thousands of calories, or approximately 10 lbs.!”
“Chewing … calorie-free gum can be readily carried out throughout the day, and its potential effect on energy balance should not be discounted,” stated Dr. James Levine, one of the study’s authors. “It does illustrate that small changes in daily activities, even something as trivial as chewing gum, can have a significant impact on weight loss.”