The Questionable Science of Gum Chewing

Wrigley, the world's largest producer of chewing gum, is jumping on the health bandwagon. In fact, they are plucking down millions of dollars to pay for research to prove that chewing gum is good for you. The researchers are supposedly independent. We've certainly seen that one before and they are taking the lead from the multi-national drug corporations that pay for research that is rife with massive conflict of interest and manipulated in the best medical journals in the world to deceive and influence medical professionals and consumers.

Let's get this one straight folks. This is not rocket science. Chewing gum is NOT healthy for you. Never was, never will be, no matter how many millions or hundreds of millions of dollars is spent on research to potentially corrupted and conflicted independent researchers.

Why?

Quite simply, you were never designed to be constantly chewing. There are some very sophisticated neurological mechanisms in chewing that every medical student is taught in physiology class. When you chew, the brain sends a signal to your stomach to start producing digestive elements, like acid and digestive enzymes, in preparation for what it believes to be food coming down that needs digestive attention.

When you fool your body by chewing without food you create a potential physiological nightmare that can easily lead to a variety of digestive dysfunctions, like acid reflux ulcers and bruxism (teeth grinding and clinching).

This does not even address the issue the sweeteners and chemicals used in gum which typically have their own adverse consequences.

No folks, let's get this one straight up front before the research is done. It doesn't matter what their studies show, you can predict with virtual certainty that these studies will be fatally flawed and seek to sell more of the product Wrigley seeks to promote.

Chewing gum is not healthy for you. Chewing it occasionally will not likely result in any serious problems, but a steady diet of gum chewing is in no way shape or form going to improve your health, and can only worsen it.

USA Today March 28, 2006

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