Chewing gum may help reduce cravings and control appetite

October 22, 2007

WHAT: A research study to be presented at the 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, found that chewing gum before an afternoon snack helped reduce hunger, diminish cravings and promote fullness among individuals who limit their overall calorie intake. Calorie intake from snacks was significantly reduced by 25 calories. Overall, this study demonstrates the benefits of chewing gum and highlights the potential role of chewing gum in appetite control and weight management. Nutritionists say that even small changes in calories can have an impact in the long term. This research study supports the role of chewing gum as an easy, practical tool for weight management.

WHO: Marion Hetherington, D.Phil., Professor of Biopsychology, Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland led the research study and can discuss the potential role of chewing gum on appetite control.

Gilbert Leveille, Ph.D., Executive Director, Wrigley Science Institute, will also be available to discuss study findings and research on the benefits of chewing gum related to weight management and other areas including oral health, stress relief, and focus, alertness and concentration.

WHEN: Study to be presented as a poster on Monday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. CST; Hall G - Level 1, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La.

STUDY BACKGROUND: In the 60-person study, participants aged 18 to 54 were asked to consume a sweet and salty afternoon snack after chewing a sweetened gum or not chewing gum. Hunger, appetite and cravings were rated immediately after lunch, and then hourly.WRIGLEY SCIENCE INSTITUTE AWARDS:

As part of its commitment to advancing and sharing scientific research that explores the benefits of chewing gum, this year, the Wrigley Science Institute (WSI) will award its first two $25,000 grants to further examine the impact of chewing gum on food intake, regulation of appetite and diet, weight loss and/or prevention of weight gain.

The WSI will also award two grants through The Obesity Society in 2008 and will announce an official call for proposals early next year.
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