Chewing gum ‘helps reduce cravings for sweet snacks”

April 20th, 2009 - 10:40 am ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 20 (ANI): Chewing Extra sugar-free gum may help control appetite, decrease calorie intake and reduce cravings for sweet snacks, a new study has found.

Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University found that chewing Extra sugar-free gum significantly reduced intake of an afternoon snack by 40 calories.

They also found that chewing gum specifically reduced sweet snack intake by 60 calories.

During the study, researchers found that when participants chewed gum, hunger, desire to eat and sweet snack cravings were significantly suppressed between lunch and an afternoon snack as compared to when they did not chew gum.

When participants chewed gum, they researchers found that their energy levels were maintained between lunch and an afternoon snack, and were significantly less drowsy as compared to when they did not chew gum during this same timeframe.

Overall, this study has shown the role of chewing gum in helping to decrease calorie intake from an afternoon snack, controlling appetite and reducing snack cravings.

This study backs the role of chewing sugar-free gum as an easy, practical tool for helping to manage snack intake and reducing sweet snack cravings. (ANI)

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