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Complex Effect Of Chewing Gum

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The act of chewing gum causes stimulation of the trigeminal nerve that innervates the jaw muscles which allows people to be more alert and have more concentration.The scientists who performed this study were careful to control for the complex effects that different gums introduce to the oral experience and offered people different types of gum.

Overall gum chewing significantly increased alertness, quickened reaction time and increased the speed of encoding new information.The reason why chewing gum stimulates the brain is a little more complicated. The theory is that the chewing movement means a meal is about to be ingested which means the brain gets tricked into sending signals to release insulin. The chewing motion gets blood flowing
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