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Dear Hungry Girl,

I have read that Omega 3s have a lot of health benefits. Do you know what foods you can find them in?

Searching 4 3s

Dear Searching,

Omega 3s, which have been known to be good for your heart and your health in general, are found in many foods, especially in fatty fishes, like mackerel, wild salmon, sardines, herring and tuna. In addition, these fatty acids are also found in walnuts, flax seeds, and some leafy green vegetables (though experts say the Omega 3s in fish are actually better for you). And not only has this stuff been found to have many physical health benefits, but it also has been known to cure depression. You can already find Omega 3 enriched eggs at your local market, but keep an eye out for a whole slew of new foods enriched with Omega 3s to hit store shelves soon.


Dear Hungry Girl,

I've always wondered if chewing sugar-free gum (such as Orbit) actually yields any calories. I know it says "5 calories per serving," but are those calories burned by the chewing?

Always Chewing
Dear Always Chewing,

Great question. The truth is, chewing gum does actually burn some calories. Not a whole lot of calories, but it does burn some. Experts say the act of chewing gum burns approximately 11 calories per hour. So, if you chew your 5-calorie slice of gum for a little less than a half hour, your gum calories will be gone. Even if you only chew for ten minutes or so, the calories you'll take in are negligible. If you, however, are the type of person who chews sugary gum by the mouthful and replaces it often, there's a chance those calories could add up and actually do some damage. Some gumballs and nuggets of gum have 10 - 20 calories each and if you keep shoveling 'em in, those calories could add up pretty fast. By the way, in theory, a person who chews calorie free gum (or the same piece of regular gum) for every waking hour for one year could lose about 11 lbs (and probably some teeth).

 
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