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What Happens To Your Body When You Swallow Gum?

It is the life-long myth that when you swallow a piece of chewing gum, it stays in your stomach for 7 years because the stomach acids and the intestines aren't able to excrete it out like other food items that you eat. But this couldn't be more wrong. You may have accidentally swallowed gum, but staying in your body for 7 years isn't its fate. Let's check out what really happens when you swallow a piece of chewing gum. Read also - How To Effectively Remove Gum Stains From Clothes 

Gum is supposed to be chewed, not eaten. 

We've all been there when accidentally we tend to swallow the little piece of gum. 

But it doesn't stay in your stomach for 7 years. 

Your parents or elder siblings might have scared you with stories when you were a kid but they aren't true. 

So what really happens? 

To be honest, chewing gum goes through your digestive system just like any other food. But your stomach and intestines can't properly digest it due to the materials used in making the gum. 

Eventually, it will pass in your poop. 

Due to the strong enzymes and acids present in your digestive track, the gum breaks down like any other food. But the base of the gum isn't properly broken down due to the chemicals used in it. So just like any other product that can't be broken down in your stomach, it passes undamaged through your GI tract and eventually comes out in your poop. 

Does gum stick to the intestine walls? 

Gum doesn't stick to your intestine walls. It won't break down entirely, but that doesn't mean it will form a gum plaque or anything like that in your intestine. 

Does it cause any harm? 

Generally, it doesn't cause any harm if you swallow a small piece of gum. But it is advised that you don't make it a habit. 

Our intestines will be intact. 

Swallowing gum is just like swallowing corn. You will always poop out corn and your bowel movement will still be healthy.