Beating Sleepiness by Chewing Gum

Its my first day of training at Cavite State University. I am attending the Agriculture Graduate Enhancement Seminar for one month.

I love to attend trainings, seminars and workshops. New people and friend to meet and new knowledge to acquire. I really love training except for one thing. I get sleepy when listening to lectures. My attentiveness only last for three hours then starts to get blur after.

To beat the sleepiness. I bought VFresh chewing gum before going to seminar. I was really looking for Juicy Fruit or Double Mint Gum. Sadly, they were not available at the time being.

I started chewing the gum at the very start of the lecture. Chewing it keep me busy and only felt slightly sleepy during the course of lecture. I was writing this post while listening to lecturer’s speech.

VFresh is menthol flavored. The menthol taste can still be felt after four hours of chewing. I can chew gum that long because I am doing it whenever I have colds and runny nose, to prevent clogged ears. Other gums become very though to chew after few minutes. It makes  my jaw achy. I was thankful that this product never belong to tough category. The soft gummy texture also last for four hours. I was not able to test the chewing of more than four hours because I need to spit it out during meal time. Setting the gum aside and chew it again is unsanitary.
empty packet of vfresh chewing gum
There is one thing I never like about this VFresh gum. The gum sticks on side of the package when applied with external pressure. Then opening the package and removing the gum will become difficult.  Storing it in tight pants pocket is not recommended.

Update as of January 2019…

This reaction interest me. Whenever the gum is mixed with other food item. I often push it to other side of the cheek  to have a snack. While eating and it accidentally mixed up, even a little. The gum gradually losses its elasticity and gummines. Then ending up like a piece of soggy bread. It is not nice and often give a strong sour flavor.  The reaction is not limited to solid foods. Sometimes, beverages like coffee, juices and hot chocolates result to the same thing.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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