Chewing gum is a pretty common activity and is a habit we often pick up as kids without thinking about it.
But while it might not get the same press as smoking or even sugary soda consumption, it’s got its fair share of risks and health impacts that anyone who chews regularly should be made aware of.
Take a look at what that pack of gum in your pocket can really do to your body. It’s not pretty.
It can cause headaches, especially in teenagers.
Many think that chewing gum is a low-cal way to curb your cravings for more potent sugary snacks, but that’s not the case. It does curb your appetite to a small degree, but the flavors and additives in gum can make later ingestion of vegetables and healthy foods taste even more bitter and unappealing, causing gum-chewers to resort to similarly sweet junk foods.
People who chew gum normally do so on one side of their mouth rather than both equally. This can cause a disruption in jaw mechanics that can lead to misalignment which requires orthodontics or surgery.
It can also cause side effects such as toothaches and even ear aches.
Swallowing your gum might not be as bad as you were led to believe, but chewing it can create GI issues that you’ve never imagined. When you chew, you introduce more air into your esophagus than you would otherwise. This has been known to lead to irritable bowel syndrome, as well as cramping.