I’m really interested you’ve experienced this, in what ways are you assessing your jaw strength, where are you finding it’s an issue for you? I ask because we are exercising our jaw muscles all the time - even just by talking. I personally don’t think it’s an issue for 100% Huel and less so for 50% Huel but I’d love to hear more about your experiences?
Presume it’s a tougher gum, so is more of a workout for those jaw muscles.
I would strongly recommend having a read of James Nestor’s Book Breath (in particular the chapter on chewing), I think you will find it very interesting.
A few facts from it;
90% of the population now have some form of malocclusion since switching to softer diets (compared to our ancestors)
-The more we chew and engage the masseter muscle the more stem cells are released, stronger bones, improved tone, and pronounced airways.
If I’m honest I hadn’t really thought about this issue too much until reading the above. It’s more of an issue with our diets in general (as opposed to singling out Huel!). I have been chewing Mastic for over a month now and have definitely noticed a change in my jaw tone, as well as the force i can bite down with…
I’ve not read that book, but I have looked at a bunch of books/articles on orthotropics and orthodontics.
It’s true that softer diets may have contributed to oral malocclusion; however, it’s more relevant in respect of food texture during weaning and early years’ diets and, even more so, to hold one’s mouth in the correct position.
In Jaws, Kahn also spoke about the prevalence of malocclusion, but not at the 90% level. She also emphasised the relevance is in kids - why they need to chew.
The majority of foods in the west are softer foods anyway. I’m not sure how one could measure one’s jaw strength. There are orthotropic measures of occlusion, but jaw strength is really hard to assess in adults, especially over short periods.
Hey James, thanks very much for your insight and the link to the Jaws book.
In the Breath, it is indeed noted that the majority of the foods in the West are softer (thus contributing to the problem!). I’m just saying that I have personally noticed changes in the short time I have been following the methods in the book; I also fast 16 hours most days, so It keeps me occupied!
As an aside my wife is always commenting on how strong my chomping is. I can chew a marshmallow and make it crunch like I am eating crisps. I used to grind my teeth in my sleep and wake up with aching jaws. Had to wear a brace at night as a kid as was grinding down my incisors. Luckily I don’t do it anymore as I’d just be gummy.
That was often my impression, too. The presence of sweet flavour seems to activate cravings that would not have been there otherwise. If you use gum to fight appetite it usually gets worse. It is weird that there are so many articles on the web promoting it as a weight loss tool. Maybe it does curb appetite in some people, but I doubt that this is the majority. I just wonder how they got the idea that this should be the case…
Interesting Dan, not how I perceived it until now. I’m not fully convinced it works for me, but I mainly chew it after meals - good when I don’t have toothbrush to hand. I do like to chew gum now and again, but find it doesn’t make me hungry after a while if I chew it on an empty stomach. My favourite brands are Blockhead and Chewsy. Both relatively expensive compared to stuff like Wrigleys, but better quality. The later does lose flavour quickly and has a chewing texture different to others. Neither use aspartame. Blockhead has vitamin enriched and CBD infused varieties.