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6 Gross Side Effects of Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum

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  • Chewing gum may help you to eat less, but the food you do eat may be less nutritious
  • People who chewed gum were less likely to eat fruit and instead were more motivated to eat junk food like potato chips and candy
  • Chewing gum causes you to swallow excess air, which can contribute to abdominal pain and bloating, along with other gastrointestinal issues
  • Chewing gum (including sugar-free gum) may cause tooth decay and erosion and may cause mercury to be released from your mercury fillings
  • Most chewing gum contains artificial sweeteners that may damage your health, even if it’s not sugar-free

By Dr. Mercola

The US is among the top three countries with the highest rates of chewing gum consumption worldwide. In the US, 59 percent of people chew gum, surpassed only by Iran (82 percent) and Saudi Arabia (79 percent) (a primary reason why the Middle East may have more gum chewers than the US is because chewing gum is often given out by merchants in place of small change).

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