Contrary to popular diet advice, chewing gum may not help people eat less or lose weight, new research suggests.
In fact, the study, published in the April issue of the journal Eating Behaviors, suggests that chewing gum may lead people to eat chips, cookies and candy instead of fruits and veggies. That’s because menthol, the chemical responsible for the minty-fresh flavor of some types of gum makes fruits and veggies taste funny.
The chemical change is the same reason why “when you brush your teeth and then drink orange juice, it tastes bad,” said study co-author Christine Swoboda, a doctoral candidate in nutrition at Ohio State University.
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