A nutritionist explains why you shouldn't chew gum on an airplane and what the risks are

By TravelWiseOct 11, 2023 11:22 AMNews
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A nutritionist explains why you shouldn't chew gum on an airplane and what the risks are
Expert explains why you shouldn't chew gum on a plane. Source: Freepik

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.

Ryan Davidson of Raw Juicery explained that the pressure in this case can play a bad joke on the body. The nutritionist's words were reported by The Scottish Sun.

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."

A nutritionist explains why you shouldn't chew gum on an airplane and what the risks are
Chewing gum during a flight can cause bloating. Source: Pixabay

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.

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