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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?

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127 Comments
Leida Toro
I always thought if you farted, it would make a bubble.
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Jun 25, 2016 8:55PM
Carole Jean McLendon
If it were harmful I would have been dead years back...and here I be...nearly 75 and still swallowing it from time to time...
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Jun 25, 2016 8:25PM
John Ostojich
Never spit it out on a hot sidewalk or parking lot.
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Jun 25, 2016 8:41PM
Franklin C. Stogner
I think that you will fart bubbles.
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Jun 25, 2016 8:46PM
Catryna White
My mother told me the same thing. I never believed it. And, then my daughter swallowed a big wad of bubblegum. I found it in her diaper the next day.
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Jun 25, 2016 8:14PM
Richard Sutton
Mary Ford that makes cents to me.
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Jun 26, 2016 12:13AM
Janis Walzem
Janis Walzem
My mom told me. "Never swallow your gum, it sticks to your stomach."
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Jun 25, 2016 8:07PM
deborahpmercer
Leida Toro, I can fairly say my life has been enriched by that statement!
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Sep 29, 2020 2:39AM
Echse
I don't need to know everything.
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Sep 14, 2020 8:21AM
mmariano
I did swallow a gum some years back.I experienced neither pain nor any disruption/inconvenience. I am still very much around.Just the same don't swallow gum intentionally/purposely. As they say there is always a first time.
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Dec 18, 2019 10:22PM
Trisha Baumann
Leida Toro, i suppise you are half right, its a bubble thats burst as it escapes
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Nov 25, 2019 7:24PM
Helen Allard
Leida Toro, I never heard that but I I would have believed it when I was a kid...😂
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Jun 2, 2019 9:54AM
Debra Ohryn
Debra Ohryn, Sorry ridiculous that your appendix would be full of chewed gum
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May 6, 2019 5:00PM
Debra Ohryn
That is Totally ridiculous
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May 6, 2019 4:58PM
gjbrodkey
Used to chew, haven't for years - no problems
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Apr 25, 2019 9:14AM
Davina Couldridge
having removed it from my dog's feet, scraped it off the carpet and removed it from my shoes please DO swallow it, I hate the stuff
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Jul 29, 2018 4:32AM
Clare Evershed
I was told it would stick to my heart and stop it beating but I’m still here!
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Jun 5, 2018 6:44PM
Susan Allen
Colin Payne, no it won’t settle in the appendix, it will follow the digestive process. If you read up the anatomy and physiology of the gut all will become clear.
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Jun 4, 2018 7:10AM
Jackie Leduc
Janis Walzem. My mom told me the gum would harden and become gall stones.
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May 9, 2018 9:02PM
Lynne Norris
I was told that the chewed gum was sent to your appendix...and if you swallowed too much gum, your appendix would burst, and I believed it totally.
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May 3, 2018 7:26PM
Rob Farr
Makes good sense ... a good explanation ... thanks.
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Apr 6, 2018 7:16PM
Warren Severin
Franklin C. Stogner, only if it's bubble gum!
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Mar 15, 2018 6:43PM

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