Do you have trouble remembering things? A recent study at Cardiff University (UK) suggests that chewing gum may actually impair short-term memory. The researchers conducted experiments to investigate the impact of chewing gum on short-term memory. Participants were asked to vigorously chew flavorless gum and remember a sequence of seven randomly ordered letters. A smaller sample group were then asked to repeat the experiment but chew naturally. Next, the students were asked to chew flavorless gum and were asked to identify the missing item in a sequence. Both experiments showed that chewing gum impaired recall of order and item identity, both of which are fundamental aspects of short-term memory. So maybe we can’t do two things at the same time. The results of their study found that chewing gum in all situations impaired the participants' short-term memory. However, the researchers issued a caveat with their conclusion, saying that flavored gum could possibly cancel out the negative impact on memory loss. So don’t ditch the gum yet. Other studies have shown that chewing gum can help reduce caloric intake throughout the day by reducing snack cravings, and has even been shown to help speed up recovery in patients following gastrointestinal surgeries.  Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist