It may well give you minty-fresh breath, but chewing gum could also cause weight gain, new research suggests.
Scientists have discovered that people who chew gum eat more high calorie sweet foods. This
is because the chemical responsible for the minty flavour of gum makes
savoury foods, especially fruit and vegetables, taste unpleasant.
Co-author of the study, Christine Swoboda, a doctoral candidate in nutrition at Ohio State University, told LiveScience: ‘The chemical change is the same reason why when you brush your teeth and then drink orange juice, it tastes bad. We were also interested in seeing whether this helps with weight loss.’