Chew on This

Chomp, chomp. Sure, some people cringe when they hear the sound of gum-snapping. But if you’re trying to give yourself a competitive edge you may want to chew away.

British researchers have found that study participants who chewed gum for an extended period of time did better on a variety of tests that assessed their ability to memorize difficult number sequences. The researchers at Cardiff University suggested the chewing helped with cognitive function and concentration during a difficult task.

“Interestingly participants who didn’t chew gum performed slightly better at the beginning of the task but were overtaken by the end,” researcher Kate Morgan reported in news release issued by the British Psychological Association. “This suggests that chewing gum helps us focus on tasks that require continuous monitoring over a longer amount of time.”

Of course, the other fringe benefit to all that chewing can be minty fresh breath. Just refrain from the snapping please.