This Is What Actually Happens When You Swallow Chewing Gum

Posted by Michael Avery in Facts and DIY On 3rd November 2016

Almost everyone has swallowed a piece of gum, but few kids have ever needed a doctor because of it. You might have heard that swallowed gum stays in your stomach for 7 years. That's not true.

Though your stomach can't break down a piece of gum the same way it breaks down other food, your digestive system can move it along through normal intestinal activity. In other words, it comes out the other end when you have a bowel movement (poop).

#1 Ah, chewing gum. The food that is not, in fact, food.


#2 There are all kinds of horror stories about what happens when you swallow these indigestible lumps.

#3 You've probably heard that the gunk will sit in your stomach for seven years.


#4 You might even have heard that a gum tree will grow out your ears, nose, and mouth.

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