Scott Stevens

By Scott Stevens

LifeBuzz User

10 Disturbing Reasons To Quit Chewing Gum.

Chewing gum is something that millions of people do every day. It’s one of the biggest businesses in the world. If you don’t believe that just look at the business history of Wrigley. The Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field and the company owned the team for a long time. Owning a major league baseball team is a very costly endeavor.

Most people use gum for many reasons. Maybe they are trying to quit smoking or cut down on their food intake. It’s all about keeping the mouth busy and your mind off of the things you are trying to avoid. That doesn’t mean it’s good for you though. Long term gum chewing can lead to several other problems. What you may indeed be doing is trading one issue for another.

You’ll find out in a few minutes about all of the bad things that can come from chewing gum for a long time. Most of them you might already know but I’ll bet there are a few you never even thought of before. Before you buy that next pack of gum you should think about a few of these things. Maybe you’ll put it back on the shelf and find something else to purchase instead.

#1. Chewing gum can cause headaches in teenagers.

A study was conducted of 30 young people chewing gum and the effects it had on them. It consisted of people aged six through nineteen years old.

Each chewed gum daily and each suffered from migraine headaches. When they went one month without the gum nineteen people saw their headaches completely go away.

Several started chewing again days after the study ended and their headaches came right back.

Chewing gum can cause headaches in teenagers.

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#2. Chewing gum can increase junk food cravings.

Lots of people use gum to reduce their food intake. It does work but then what happens is the food intake they do get is usually lower quality food.

This could be because of the flavors in gum. They make vegetables taste bitter. Is that a calculated move by gum companies?

Chewing gum can increase junk food cravings.

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#3. Gum can cause TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

If you chew your gum more on one side than the other you are at risk of developing TMJ. Long term gum chewing can also cause tooth aches, ear aches and headaches.

Gum can cause TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

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#4. Chewing gum has been linked to gastrointestinal problems.

When you chew your gum you may not even realize that you are bringing in more air into your body than you normally would. That can be a major contributor to suffering from IBS. There are no reports of Mr. Obama suffering from that though, that we know of.

Chewing gum has been linked to gastrointestinal problems.

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#5. Even sugar-free gum can cause tooth damage.

Don't think that you are safe from tooth damage because you only chew sugar-free gum. That's a very common misconception. Just like diet soda isn't all that much better for you, sugar-free gum falls into the same category.

Even sugar-free gum can cause tooth damage.

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