One more headline from the mouth tonight. Who would have thought bubble gum could help after colon surgery? In a new study, some patients recovering from colon surgery were told to chew sugarless gum three times a day. And they discovered that the gum-chewing patients actually returned to normal bowel function sooner than the patients that did not chew gum after surgery. The gum-chewers also spent less time in the hospital.
The theory according to this report in the archives of surgery is chewing gum stimulates some of the nerves involved in digesting food, which researchers believe may help patients re-start the normal process before they're actually exposed to solid food again.