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    Wednesday, March 29, 2006

    Chewing Gum is Really Gross, Chewing Gum I Hate the Most: Willy Wonka may not have liked chewing gum, but Willy Wrigley says it's healthy. Mr. Wrigley has even launched some scientific investigations:

    Surinder Kumar, Wrigley’s chief innovation officer, says the 115-year-old company has been hearing from consumers for decades about chewing’s benefits — some of them, he contends, “just plain common sense.” Now it is looking for scientific proof to back up the anecdotal evidence.

    ....The Chicago-based company emphasizes that the scientists remain independent and their work, which is being carried out at laboratories elsewhere and not at Wrigley’s new research center, is to be published in peer-review journals.

    “We do have very strong reason to believe that chewing has significant benefits that will bear out,” Kumar said in an interview. “We don’t know which ones will bear out, but there are some benefits that will bear out for sure.”


    It might be a low-calorie snack, and it's certainly better than smoking, but chewing gum can aggravate TMJ. Sugarless gum, however, seems to fight cavities. Maybe Mr. Wrigley's on to something.
     

    posted by sydney on 3/29/2006 08:14:00 PM 1 comments

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    Brushing and flossing and fluoride treatments will prevent cavities without having to listen to twits chew with their mouths open and expel droplets of spit on passers-by. Most disgusting sight I've seen this week was a food service worker chewing gum with his mouth open over the prep area. I'm with Willy Wonka.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 PM  

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