Although research has found that gum can quell hunger, even help you lose weight, that theory may not stick depending on when you chew it, according to a new study from the journal Eating Behaviors. People who chewed minty gum before meals and snacks for a week ate less healthy food compared to a week in which they chewed no gum. Researchers suspect that the flavor of the minty gum made healthy food (like fruits) less tasty to eat. Don’t want to give up your gum? Pop a piece of minty gum in your mouth after your meal or try a fruity or cinnamon flavor.