STOP THAT CHEW­ING!

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BUSY BODY -

IF YOU’RE THE TYPE TO AL­WAYS HAVE GUM AF­TER A MEAL, READ ON TO FIND OUT WHY IT’S TIME TO PUT AN END TO THE HABIT.

Wor­ried about bad breath? Just chew a minty fresh gum, right? Not quite, as it only masks the bad smell tem­po­rar­ily and in some cases, wors­ens the con­di­tion! Also, most gums with “su­gar free” tags are ac­tu­ally a whole lot of fluff as th­ese con­tain con­tents such as as­par­tame or other forms of su­gar al­co­hol that are dam­ag­ing to the body and are known to cause tooth de­cay, obe­sity, can­cer and even di­a­betes.

Here’s some­thing else to think about the next time you chew gum: John W. Ol­ney, a psy­chi­a­trist and neu­ro­sci­en­tist in Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity’s School of Medicine, found that as­par­tic acid, a com­po­nent in as­par­tame, causes holes to ap­pear in the brain of the mice he tested on! So it’s def­i­nitely bet­ter to try a safer so­lu­tion to get rid of bad breath. Drink a glass of wa­ter mixed with a ta­ble­spoon of ap­ple cider vine­gar be­fore meals to smoothen your di­ges­tive process. Or chew pep­per­mint leaves or pars­ley to rid of bad breath. A daily salt­wa­ter gar­gle can help erad­i­cate the prob­lem.

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