Something to Chew On

From the Women’s Health website:

James Levine, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic has measured the energy burned by chewing and found that just moving your jaw up and down can burn some 11 extra calories per hour, which is a boost of about 19 percent over your just-sitting-there level. Now, 11 calories may not sound like much, but that’s about a pound a year for every hour per day that you chew. And that doesn’t count the calorie savings from the snacks you’re not eating.

I’ve started chewing Big Red, since I read somewhere (can’t remember where!) that cinnamon flavored gum is better at curbing cravings than fruit flavored gum, which is what I was chewing tons of. However, Big Red has 10 calories per stick to Extra’s (the fruity ones) 5 calories. I know it’s only 5 calories, but it adds up!

With this information though, I feel much better about it. As long as I chew it for at least an hour, I will negate all the calories in that stick… plus one!

So chew on, folks. Chew on.

One Response to “Something to Chew On”

  1. South Beach Steve Says:

    I find gum to be something that keeps me from wanting to eat. Any time I am really struggling with wanting to eat, if I have some gum around I pop it in my mouth and it tends to keep my desire to munch on something at bay.