Chewing gum with mint flavor freshens breath, but it can cause excess weight.
Scientists have found that chewing gum lovers eat more high-calorie sweet foods, avoiding the use of fruits and vegetables in the diet (menthol contained in bubble-gum acts on specific receptors, making them an unpleasant taste), said the publication The Daily Mail.
"It’s like a feeling of orange juice in the mouth after you brush your teeth. Taste pretty bad. We are also interested in whether this effect on weight loss," - said Christine Freedom (Christine Swoboda), co-author of the study from the University of Ohio.
Experiment K.Svobody and her colleagues Jennifer Temple of the University of Buffalo (New York) provided by 44 volunteers who chewed gum during the game tests, then they were asked to choose a specific food product.
Prior to the game, according to experts, all respondents chewed gum with fruit or mint flavor. For example, volunteers chewed mint gum, fruit and vegetables less frequently chosen, preferring junk food (candy, chips). The second part of the experiment participants meant keeping a food diary, in which they had to write down everything they eat during the day. A week later they were asked to chew mint gum before every meal.
Scientists have found that fans gum eating less, but to a reduction in caloric intake does not lead (s frequently selected junk food).
This result, as suggested K.Svoboda associated with the statement in chewing gum menthol. Interacting with the nutrients of fruits and vegetables, it causes a bitter taste, making healthy food unappealing.
For details, research scientists were published in Eating Behavior.