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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A "Bad" Habit That Is Good

Many people are perhaps wondering if chewing a pack of gum a day is considered to be unhealthy. Here are some of the medical rationales you need to know.

Gum may cause pressure headaches or jaw pain, create gas, (that's annoying to people around you), and terrorize the bottoms of shoes. But if you're chewing the sugarless gum, it's perfectly a fine habit. Why? The sticky stuff often contains xylitol, a sugar substitute that may clear your mouth of bacteria to help prevent tooth decay (this is good for kids), and chewing it even burns a few calories-though subbing a few sticks of Trident for your gym activities is not worth recommending.

During times of stress, unleashing pent-up emotions in a low-calorie stick of cinnamon can foster healthy coping and, more importantly, keep you from cramming more dangerous foods into your mouth. After all, if you want to have a pack-a-day habit, this is certainly the kind you must have.

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