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Chewing gum may help reduce cravings and control appetite
New research shows chewing gum may help reduce cravings and control appetite
WHAT: A research study to be presented at the 2007 Annual
Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, found that chewing gum
before an afternoon snack helped reduce hunger, diminish cravings and
promote fullness among individuals who limit their overall calorie
intake. Calorie intake from snacks was significantly reduced by 25
calories. Overall, this study demonstrates the benefits of chewing gum
and highlights the potential role of chewing gum in appetite control
and weight management. Nutritionists say that even small changes in
calories can have an impact in the long term. This research study
supports the role of chewing gum as an easy, practical tool for weight
WHO: Marion Hetherington, D.Phil., Professor of
Biopsychology, Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland led
the research study and can discuss the potential role of chewing gum on
Gilbert Leveille, Ph.D., Executive Director, Wrigley Science
Institute, will also be available to discuss study findings and
research on the benefits of chewing gum related to weight management
and other areas including oral health, stress relief, and focus,
alertness and concentration.
WHEN: Study to be presented as a poster on Monday, October
22, 5:30 p.m. CST; Hall G – Level 1, Ernest N. Morial Convention
Center, New Orleans, La.
STUDY BACKGROUND: In the 60-person study, participants aged
18 to 54 were asked to consume a sweet and salty afternoon snack after
chewing a sweetened gum or not chewing gum. Hunger, appetite and
cravings were rated immediately after lunch, and then hourly.
- Chewing gum significantly reduced caloric intake by 25 calories and
specifically reduced sweet snack intake by 39 calories; salty snacks
were decreased by 11 calories.
- Hunger and desire to eat were significantly suppressed by chewing gum at one, two and three hour intervals after lunch.
- Participants reported that chewing gum improved their mood by
reducing anxiety and stress, and increasing contentment and relaxation.
- In a similar study among individuals not actively trying to
manage their weight, chewing gum reduced snack intake by average of 36
- Data combined from both studies found that chewing gum
reduced intake of the sweet snack in particular by an average of 47
WRIGLEY SCIENCE INSTITUTE AWARDS:
As part of its commitment to advancing and sharing scientific
research that explores the benefits of chewing gum, this year, the
Wrigley Science Institute (WSI) will award its first two $25,000 grants
to further examine the impact of chewing gum on food intake, regulation
of appetite and diet, weight loss and/or prevention of weight gain.
The WSI will also award two grants through The Obesity Society in
2008 and will announce an official call for proposals early next year.