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Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users.

Researchers in the college studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body, marking the first time that vitamin delivery from chewing gum has been scrutinized, according to researcher Joshua Lambert, professor of food science. The findings, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, seem to validate the concept of gum being an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.

Lambert and his colleagues found that vitamins were released into the saliva of study participants who chewed the supplemented gums, and after chewing the supplemented gums, study participants' blood plasma vitamin concentrations were greatly increased.

--Jeff Mulhollem