Researchers from the University of Rod Island claim that chewing sugar-free gum can help to lose weight.
The study involved 35 men and women who were asked to come to a lab after fasting overnight. Periodically, they chewed gum for 20 minutes, before breakfast and 2 or 3 hours before lunch. Researchers monitored meal portions and metabolism rates in the participants. In addition, the participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire designed to assess their feeling of hunger.
The results showed gum chewers ate 67 fewer calories at lunch and did not make up for them during the rest of the day. The researchers say chewing gum can be included into weight loss programs.
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