Pakistanis go pretty fanatical when they decide to lose weight and start making efforts for it. They would cut down on all kinds of fried stuff, goodbye samosay aur pakoray and all fast food would be banned from home. Sometimes when the younger siblings or simply other members of the family, who are not on a diet, order something full of fats, you might as well just stop the urge of yelling at them to eat behind closed doors and not in front of you. Apart from all that, another major change that we make in our diets ASAP is cutting down on sugar and while the craving for soft drinks and candies cannot just die, you may opt for sugar free alternatives and something which has been quite trending in this regard is sugar-free chewing gum which isn’t just gum that you constantly want to chew on, rather it is coming with health benefits… or so they say.
Sugar-free gum and oral health: is there a connection?
So many times, you see brands showcasing their sugar-free chewing gum with tag lines that suggest fresher breath and whiter teeth if regularly chewed on. While it is true that xylitol, the alternative replacement for sugar in sugar free gum, is the main factor behind the prevention of bacterial growth in the mouth and can help prevent cavities as well, you cannot depend on gum as a solution for poor oral health because nothing replaces your regular teeth brushing, mint mouth wash and dental floss.
Can it make you lose weight?
A very common notion that a good fraction of our desi community believes in is that sugar-free gum is capable of cutting down some pounds for you. No, it’s not entirely true. And with ‘entirely’, we mean that yes there are ways to incorporate sugar-free gum as a part of your diet plan to lose weight, even though it doesn’t have any fat burning properties of its own. The next time you get this craving for dessert, have some gum instead. There you go, calories saved and your sweet tooth satisfied. Also, if used as a regular replacement for your candies, along with proper diet and exercise, sugar-free gum can act as a real helping agent with weight loss.
Another reason is that yes, normal gum has double the count of calories as compared to sugar-free gum. So like, if you are someone who is looking for solutions to fight weird snack cravings at odd times of the day, sugar-free gum can help you resist and deviate your mind. It’s all about psychology!
Making more effort
Your weight loss journey entirely depends upon how you are making small amendments in your lifestyle over all, a piece of gum hence cannot be taken as a weight loss supplement. Take the stairs instead of speeding up across floors through the elevator, walk to the market instead of taking the car, and make yourself a cup of green tea every night after your last meal. These are the little things that add up and make it count.