Here’s a piece of health information to chew on: A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who have a hard time chewing crunchy foods, like an apple, have a higher risk of dementia. Researchers believe this is because not being able to chomp on hard foods leads to a reduction in blood flow to the brain. Another study this year found that chewing gum for 20 minutes before a test stimulated the brain, resulting in better academic performance. To get more blood flowing to your noggin, chomp on some crisp, raw veggies like carrots and celery daily.
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