The subjects of debt, budgeting and savings can be pretty serious and down right dreary sometimes. So we decided to start a new series of posts called ‘Funny Fridays’ to lighten the mood a little as you TGIF and get ready for the weekend. These tongue in cheek posts are written in jest and poke a little fun at the (sometimes) overly simplified ‘7 steps to achieve the job of your dreams’ or ‘8 tips to eat out on a budget’ type posts that often permeate the blogosphere. We hope you like them!
Today’s post highlights five ways in which chewing gum can be beneficial to you. Yep, that’s right, gum. We know gum has sugar that can give you cavities (unless you get sugar-free gum), but there are actually some benefits. And we know it’s a totally random topic – that’s the whole point of ‘Funny Fridays’.
So without further ado, here are five reasons why chewing gum is good for you!
1) It’s great exercise:
Ever wondered if chewing gum is good exercise? I mean, how many calories does it really burn? Well, wonder no more, the answer is 11 calories/hour. Now that may not seem like a lot, but consider this: If you chew gum 1 hour a day every day of the week, you’ll have spent 4015 calories in the whole year! That comes out to about 1.15 lbs worth of calories at 3500 calories per lb. Okay, so maybe that’s still not much… but it’s certainly something. As an added bonus, you’ll have the strongest jaw in town. Which I’m sure can come in handy from time to time.
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2) Chewing gum makes you smarter:
No, really, it does! In a study done at Baylor College of Medicine, researchers took 108 8th grade math students, divided them into two groups, and followed them for 14 weeks. One group chewed sugarless gum while doing homework and taking tests, the other did not. Well guess what, the gum chewers had a whopping 3% increase in their standardized tests. Now, that may not seem like much, but if chewing gum gives you a free extra boost in your ability to concentrate, then count us in!
3) Chewing gum helps you eat healthier:
Turns out that chewing gum helps you curb your craving for high-calorie and sweet foods. Yep, there’s another study that backs that statement. Participants of this study who chewed gum three times hourly after lunch had fewer cravings for bad snacks. Move over Jenny Craig, it’s time for the new Dentyne Ice diet.
4) Chewing gum cleans your teeth:
Who needs tooth brush and tooth paste when you’ve got chewing gum? These days, many chewing gums contain xylitol, a chemical known to stimulate saliva flow and clean the surface of your teeth. So says a study funded by Wrigley, a gum company that has xylitol in its gum… hmmm. They swear it’s not biased! In any case, your mouth sure does feel cleaner, doesn’t it? If you need to floss, however, you’re on your own.
5) Chewing gum helps you make friends:
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to get on someone’s good side, offer them some gum! It makes you appear thoughtful, generous and friendly. It can also be a great conversation starter or ice-breaker, especially if you offer some interesting flavors like green apple mint, or watermelon kiwi. You might even score a date out of it.
Clearly, chewing gum is good for you (besides the sugar!). I’m sure there are many other benefits that we are missing here… perhaps you can think of a few? If so share them the comments below!