A nutritionist explains why you shouldn't chew gum on an airplane and what the risks are
Passengers have often heard the life hack that chewing gum on an airplane helps fight ear congestion. However, this trick can also be accompanied by a deterioration in health.
As it turned out, chewing gum during a flight can cause bloating, which is aggravated by pressure changes.
Ryan Davidson said: "The pressure in the cabin means we are already at a greater risk of bloating on an airplane. Chewing gum can increase the risk of bloating and extra gas because you open your mouth while chewing and swallow more air."
Sweeteners in sugar chewing gum increase the likelihood of excessive gas in the body. Eating apples 24 hours before a flight can also cause similar symptoms. The fiber they contain can also cause bloating.
It is advisable to replace chewing gum with mints, which will help fight ear plugging due to changes in pressure on board the aircraft.