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Chewing Gum
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You've probably heard that if you swallow your chewing gum, it will stay in your stomach for seven years. If gum stayed in your stomach, it would dissolve in the highly acidic environment (pH 1-3) long before the seven years had passed. Gum doesn't stay in your stomach, but continues on into your intestines, eventually finding its way out of your system in pretty much the same condition as when you swallowed it. In rare cases, however, frequently swallowing your gum could lead to the development of an intestinal stone, called a bezoar or enterolith. These form when a difficult-to-digest substance gets tangled or trapped, eventually calcifying and basically becoming a permanent addition to your digestive system. Do you know what gum is made from that makes it so difficult to break down? Learn more...

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October 22, 2007 at 6:06 pm
(1) Hollie Hanson says:

So in my english class the other day a kid asked me for some gum, and he really had some in his mouth. But I said to him that he already had some gum, so he swallowed it! I said to him didn’t u know that it stays in your stomach for 7 years?

May 10, 2011 at 11:25 am
(2) tyler says:

thats a lie it does not stay in your stomach for 7 years

January 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(3) natalie says:

omg!!!
dats soo scary man!!!
xxxxx

April 3, 2008 at 12:56 pm
(4) kate-lynn says:

wierd id. man!

August 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm
(5) dseanna gentle says:

omg!!!!!! i swallowed gum before andd i went crazy it was like omg!totallyl.o.l

October 21, 2008 at 9:17 am
(6) lollipop says:

i like gum

October 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm
(7) violina says:

me too…..its good and tasty…lol:)

October 21, 2008 at 9:23 pm
(8) Weenoo says:

hahaha i always swallow gum =P hehe lool

March 22, 2011 at 8:34 am
(9) Hajila says:

I love gum and i dont care if its in my stomach for seven years… Really WOW PEOPLE

October 21, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(10) weenoo '11 says:

hahaha i always swallow gum :P :P hehe lool

October 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm
(11) Denne says:

hahaha i love guum

November 14, 2008 at 11:09 am
(12) Gum lover says:

I LOVE gum now i hate it(mabe stride) =P

January 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(13) Sad Boy says:

I like gum I also really likes 5 gum and Stride they are the best but i never new that Thanks =)

March 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(14) Evan Clark says:

you ROCK

March 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm
(15) rayray says:

gum is the best thing u can chew. i luv the blue 5 gum

March 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(16) veronica says:

hehehehehehe yeahhh im bored

May 7, 2009 at 1:14 am
(17) shivang chaudhary (NIPER) says:

it,s ok if chewing gum stays instomach for 7 years without affecting any organ, but it is dangerous if it develops an intestinal stone, called a bezoar or enterolith,which require surgery…

May 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(18) jordie says:

wow u are cool

May 18, 2009 at 4:31 am
(19) shazad says:

hello

May 18, 2009 at 11:50 am
(20) Hunter ward says:

shes hot~! :)

November 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(21) kookymama says:

i dont wanna do this stupd project fer science about gum ughhh

February 1, 2010 at 7:36 am
(22) liam dillon says:

chewing gum is bad for you 7 years it stays in your belly if you swallow it.

November 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm
(23) TROP TREP says:

idiots! gum does not stay in your stomach!!!!!

February 1, 2010 at 7:37 am
(24) liam dillon says:

You’ve probably heard that if you swallow your chewing gum, it will stay in your stomach for seven years. If gum stayed in your stomach, it would dissolve in the highly acidic environment (pH 1-3) long before the seven years had passed. Gum doesn’t stay in your stomach, but continues on into your intestines, eventually finding its way out of your system in pretty much the same condition as when you swallowed it. In rare cases, however, frequently swallowing your gum could lead to the development of an intestinal stone, called a bezoar or enterolith. These form when a difficult-to-digest substance gets tangled or trapped, eventually calcifying and basically becoming a permanent addition to your digestive system. Do you know what gum is made from that makes it so difficult to break down?

February 3, 2010 at 9:15 am
(25) tae107 says:

:) wow this is stupid….but also fun because it sorta has good infornmation. you see i am writing a speech for school and because of all this infornmation on gum!

February 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(26) Ashley Harrington says:

its a good thing i dont swallow gum nymore! :)

March 1, 2010 at 4:26 am
(27) ThomasDowling says:

i hate chwing gum im a vegetarian and i have heard it has meat traces in. i ate it when i found this out i felt like dying ewwwww!!! i betrayed my reli

April 10, 2010 at 6:47 am
(28) Hamid Kaashif says:

Thanks for the information.
I need to create awareness among my friends regarding this.

April 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(29) adoreree says:

dats real

April 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(30) Tatianna says:

this doesnt help me wit my science project

April 16, 2010 at 9:13 am
(31) Chanaynay says:

haha now i know why parents lie about the seven year thing

May 10, 2010 at 5:30 am
(32) chewing gum scientist/swallower says:

this is all lies. chewing gum is digested just as normally as any other food. keep swallowing gum people.

May 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(33) ashley garcia says:

that is wiierddddd ..why does it stay in our stomach for soo lonngg???

May 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(34) edgar says:

im edgar now im 14 and at the age of 7 i swallowed a gumm and i think this morning i digest it the gumm

May 27, 2010 at 6:53 am
(35) Liam dillon says:

My friend monty uses airwaves chewing gum to polish his GLASS EYE it works wonder its as shiny as a 10p

June 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(36) Gummy goo says:

hmmmmmmmmm this is true but how can they prove it?? i love gum its so good but i want someone to invent longer lasting taste cause it like goes away too soon:(
From Gummy goo :) :P

September 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(37) nena says:

this is so kewl..like omgoodness..lmao..anyways bye i gotta go ASAP

March 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm
(38) cole says:

hi love gum!

December 30, 2011 at 10:57 am
(39) aliya says:

i love gumm im having it nowww and im soo scared to have it i spat it out of my mouth as son as i read thisss hateeee itt lollll……

January 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(40) Emo Princess says:

chewing gum doesn’t stay in the stomach for 7 years, cause if it did it would cause a blockage…. i know cause i swallow gum a lot …. ;o LOL!

January 10, 2012 at 11:49 am
(41) Beau from K.S. says says:

I like to chew gum when I go hunting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2012 at 11:51 am
(42) Beau from Kambrie says:

Coach Jones Likes coffie<3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2012 at 11:53 am
(43) Beau from Kambrie says:

I like the apple flavor. ITS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 11, 2012 at 10:14 am
(44) Kambrie says:

i like sour apple 5 gum!!!!!!!!!!

January 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(45) Lewis says:

Eating 5 gum right now :-)

January 26, 2012 at 5:02 am
(46) chubby xx (: says:

im need 2 do a thingy abut chewing gum…my life is sad xx :p

April 27, 2012 at 9:56 am
(47) Micheal Jackson says:

I Like turtles

July 9, 2012 at 11:32 am
(48) Ammi says:

seriously!!!!!!!!! 7 years? cant believe!

July 17, 2012 at 1:48 am
(49) 1234 says:

that’s just a fake i ever swalloed 40 gums at once and nothing went wrong with me

February 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(50) Jimmy says:

Tyler you’re stupid it does stay for atleast 7 years.

April 24, 2013 at 9:02 am
(51) DALLASCOWBOYS123 says:

I LOVE CHEWING GUM IS IT GOOD FOR U

April 24, 2013 at 9:03 am
(52) DALLAS COWBOYS says:

LOL!!! I DO AGRREEE WITH THAT

May 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(53) ethan waterson says:

bubble gum is really good but you can not swallow it

May 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(54) jimmy smith says:

chewing gum is so fun

September 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm
(55) XD says:

I choked on my gum and now it’s lodged in my throat. Won’t go down, won’t go up.

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