More Benefits of Chewing Gum
We’ve already told you how chewing gum can help you lose weight and do math and now comes word that it can also improve you mental performance by keeping you alert and reducing your reaction time. The Japanese study, reported by MSN, stated that reaction time improved by 10% while chewing gum.
In the study they gave 17 volunteers two 30-minute tests –– in one test they chewed flavourless gum (to avoid distraction from the flavour) and in the other they didn’t. They had to watch a screen with arrows and press with their right or left thumb, depending on which direction the arrow was headed. The researchers measured their alertness and reaction times, and also took brain scans to see which parts of the brain were activated.When the volunteers were chewing, they took 493 milliseconds to react, while those not chewing took 545 milliseconds to react.
We always carry gum in our cars so if we start to feel the least bit tired we take a piece and start chewing. It works! The effect of chewing gum does help us maintain alertness and focus.