Chewing the fat

Jordan Spieth, #1 golfer in the world and last week’s Open Champion in England, had an awful lot written about his gum chewing during this most recent tournament. Perhaps the commentators had too much time on their hands. But really?

They speculated it helped him concentrate.  Perhaps if the gum contained caffeine…but I suspect it released some nervous energy.

Chewing gum is occasionally discussed along with weight management. Can it burn off fat? A 2009 U of Rhode Island short term study suggested it is helpful and postulated part of the benefit was the actual motion of chewing. Wrigley supported that study.

LSU study participants suggested gum chewing stopped snack cravings.

But here’s what I think. Gum chewing can be a health habit stacker. When you finish a meal, pop in a piece of (sugarless) gum. That indicates you’re done eating. So, you’re not eating leftovers when putting them away. You’re not taking those last fries from your child’s plate. You’re not thinking about eating dessert when you’re not even hungry.

It’s a signal, you’re done.

Brushing your teeth after eating is another health habit stacker that’s a bit more challenging to institute.

If mindless snacking or continuing to eat even after you’re satisfied sounds like you, try a stick of gum to be well,


PS A few downsides to excessive gum chewing: swallowing air, consuming too much sorbitol (or other sugar alcohol). A few sticks daily SHOULD be fine.


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