Health Fact of the Day

25 Nov

Can Chewing Gum Help You Lose Weight?


A study published in the online Nov. 4, 2011 edition of the the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry suggests that someday chewing gum could aid in weight loss.

These researchers are trying to use gum to help deliver a hormone, PYY, into the human body which could aid in weight loss.

What is PYY?

PYY is a hormone that helps regulate our appetite.  It is realesed into our blood after we eat or exercise.  If it is realeaed after eating, it is proportional to the amount of calories consumed.  Obese people often have low PYY in their blood after fasting and after eating when compared to people of a normal weight.  PYY injected into obese and non-obese volunteers’ veins decreases the number of calories consumed at the next meal.

Well then why isn’t there a PYY diet pill?

PYY, if taken orally, is destroyed in the stomach and also has a hard time reaching the blood.

How can we deliver PYY?

The research group is trying to combine PYY with Vitamin B-12 and then put it in gum or an tablet to allow for better absorption.  They have already successfully delivered insulin to the blood via combining insulin with Vitamin B-12 in a pill form.  If they could add PYY and Vitamin B-12 to gum, this would allow for people to chew the gum, have more PYY in their blood and have a decreased appetite as a result.

So, be on the lookout for “weight-loss” gum in the future.


Do you chew gum frequently?  Would you chew a weight-loss gum?


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