For many of us, eating is not just something that we do to fuel our bodies and feel full, it’s a source of emotional comfort and something to do. When trying to lose weight, the act of eating can be just as difficult to break away from as the problem foods. Chewing gum can help to counter the urge to constantly munch something, but there are a few things that you should know before you make gum your go-to diet aid.
Your Stomach May Hurt
When you chew gum, your body believes that you are eating food. Your digestive enzymes start flowing and your body expects to take in calories. When the enzymes have nothing to break down, it can cause stomach upset. While you chew gum, you are also taking in air that can cause bloating and discomfort. Additionally, some artificial sweeteners cause issues such as diarrhea for some.