I chew my way through a pack of gum. Yeah, I know, dentists say it’s ok, even recommended to chew sugar-free gum after meals. But I can go through an entire pack in an afternoon. I’m a chain chewer, if you may.
Dentists say chewing sugar free gum can help to clean your teeth.
Researchers also say chewing gum helps with concentration while studying or test-taking.
But I’m a sugar-holic. And when I start a stick of sugar free gum, I think I’m really just trying to get some sugar without the sugar-after-effects. And when the xylitol’s sugar-like taste fades as it usually does in about 35 seconds, I am ready for another piece.
I can chew my way through an entire pack of gum in just a few hours.
A few years ago, I got Invisalign and I had to remove the plastic braces to eat meals and then replace them right after. Having your teeth covered for 22 hours or more every day left no time to chew gum. And I got out of the habit of blowing bubbles. But now, I wear my retainers at night and I often find myself with a few hours until dinner and I soothe my hunger with sugar-free gum. A bad habit delayed is not a bad habit overcome!
Unfortunately, (or maybe Fortunately) I’ve recently traced my occasional stomach issues (bloating) to this incessant gum chewing habit so now there’s an even better reason to give up the gum. A few hours after the gum chewing, my stomach is extremely sensitive and almost anything I eat makes my stomach hurt or bloated.
I’m not ready to have a baby right now so I don’t want to look like I’m already “in the family way”
So call me superficial but I’ll give up anything that prevents me from looking bloated.
Check out these articles that support my little theory.
Solving The IBS Puzzle
Chewing Gum Ingredients