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Chewing Gum Improves your Memory

Sun, 17th Mar 2002

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Source: The Independent (Thursday March 14th )
Did you ever get told off for chewing gum at school? That could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to new findings which prove that chewing gum increases your memory! Researchers gave three groups of volunteers a series of memory tests. The first group chewed gum while they did the tests, the second group group had no gum but pretended to chew (that must have been difficult) while the third group did nothing. It turned out that the gum chewers came top of the class! Scientists think that chewing gum releases insulin, which probably has a role to play in memory-making.

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