What will happen if you swallow your gum?
I was always told that swallowing chewing gum is harmful to my health. Have your parents told you that it would stay in your stomach for years? The thing is that no one seems to actually know what really happens.
Imagine it’s just happened and you’ve swallowed your gum, intentionally or not. Would it stay in your digestive tract forever?
It’s rumored that gum stays in your stomach for 7 years. It’s just not true, yet it sounds possible. You and I accepted it, because we don’t really know what will happen after such a crime.
However, gastroenterologists are sure that the unthinkable swallowing of your gum is just as harmful as swallowing a piece of a tough steak. Human digestive tract is much stronger than you think. For sure, everyone’s digestive system motility varies, but gum WILL go out like everything else.
The swallowed gum will pass through you, but it won’t get broken down during its journey as your body isn’t really interested in gums. Why? Because gum only “burdens” your stomach with no real benefit for its work.
So gum won’t harm you, still it’s unreasonable to swallow it purposefully. Just remember: if you swallow your gum, it’s not the end of the world.
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