What Really Happens When You Swallow Gum?

What Really Happens When You Swallow Gum?

You’ve probably heard that, if swallowed, chewing gum stays in your stomach for 7 years. But is that true? What happens if you swallow gum?

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Here’s what really happens to your body when you swallow gum

“Turns out there are three basic components of digestion: The first includes the mechanical processes that are required to process your food when you first ingest it, i.e. chewing. The second focuses on the enzymes or proteins in your saliva and stomach that help break down that food.”

Fact of Fiction?: Chewing Gum Takes Seven Years to Digest

“So what does become of gum that’s been chewed up but not spit out? Not much, as it happens. Some of the components, such as sweeteners, are broken down, but the gum’s base is largely indigestible.”

Chewing Gum Makes Flexible Sensor For Wearables

“They’ve created a super stretchy sensor made from chewing gum and carbon nanotubes to help wearables move with twists, turns and bends, while tracking vital signs like breathing.”

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