Who would have thought that chewing gum would help heartburn. An article in the Jan 13, 2011 NY Times Tara Parker-Pope health section looks at recent literature that suggests that maybe it does. My comment would echo the closing statement of their article, be sure to use sugar free gum, as the cavities from sugary gum would surely cause more harm that the modest help in reflux symptoms of chewing gum. Anyway, it’s an interesting read:
January 13, 2011, 10:14 AM
Remedies: Chewing Gum for Heartburn
More than a third of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a government report. Natural remedies have an obvious appeal, but how do you know which ones to choose and whether the claims are backed by science? In this occasional series, Anahad O’Connor, the New York Times “Really?” columnist, explores the claims and the science behind alternative remedies that you may want to consider for your family medicine cabinet.
The Remedy: Chewing gum.
The Claim: It relieves heartburn.
The Science: It may be hard for most people to think of chewing gum as a remedy for anything other than a case of bad breath. But several studies in recent years have shown that it can in fact help alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known to most people as GERD or heartburn. Read more