Chewing Gum: Yes or No?

Is chewing gum good or bad for you?

Here are the pros and cons to this minty treat!

Chewing gum can decrease stress, boost memory & alertness. It can also help to curb appetite and prevent overeating, but make sure you chew a sugar free variety since sugary gum can cause plaque and tooth decay.

Gum is made of gum base, flavoring, sweetener and an aromatic agent. Most gums are made with sugar substitutes such as Xylitol, Sorbitol, Mannitol, and Maltitol. Xylitol has been shown to help prevent tooth decay and bad breath.

So if you choose to chew gum… chew mindfully!

Related: Dental Benefits Of Xylitol


About the author

Julie Rothenberg MS, RD, LDN

Julie is a registered dietitian, nutrition expert with a passion for honoring the body with good nutrition and mindful eating. Julie obtained a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in dietetics at Loyola University Chicago.

The proud owner of a nutrition consulting company, JuliENERGYnutrition LLC, where she practices concierge nutrition. She takes an extremely individualized approach and creates personalized nutrition goals and plans for her clients based on specific needs. She works with various physicians and therapists and sees clients for a wide range of nutrition issues including wellness, weight loss, disease specific nutrition counseling and disordered eating.

She stays up to date with new food discoveries and evidence-based research, as well as keeps up with the latest nutrition trends. She has a passion for improving relationships with food and currently uses the "Intuitive Eating" approach. In fact, she is a certified intuitive eating counselor. She has developed a passion for not only improving relationships with food and the body but also for understanding the effects that good nutrition can have on one’s health. Her ultimate goal is to use nutrition to help the community live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.