how long does gum stay in your body if you swallow it?!

So I'm sure everyone has heard, "don't swallow gum! It stays in your body for 7 years!!!!" Well, this is in fact, a myth! The gum, according to kids health, says that, "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)." 

The article also said, "Chewing gum is made of either natural or synthetic materials (gum resin), preservatives, flavorings, and sweeteners. The body can absorb sweeteners, such as sugar, and they can add up to a lot of calories if you chew a lot of sugary gum. But the human digestive tract can't digest the gum resin. It's moved through the digestive tract by the normal pushing (peristaltic) actions of the gut. The gum's journey ends during a trip to the bathroom."

So, this has come to an end, that theory of your gum staying in your body. DON'T WORRY! IT'S NOT TRUE!!! (then again, I don't recommend swallowing gum)


Wow, and to think I have always been afraid to swallow gum just for that reason! What a relief. Great research topic and I will be sure to pass this along. But does it take the body longer to break down sugarless gum since you said the body absorbs the sugar from the gum? And I am still wondering who started the rumor about the "stays in your body for seven years" idea..why seven years?!

Thank you very much for the very useful information. Like Joselyn, I was always told not so swallow gum because it would stay in my body forever. I always thought that due to the dichromate chemicals it is better not to ingest the natural ball of rubber.

I think that one of the benefits for parents telling children not to swallow gum, is an instilment to the children that not everything that goes in your mouth is good for you, and in the end is no that is good is just that is not bad.

This blog makes me wonder if everyone that has ever told me not to swallow gum knows that the 7 year thing is only a myth.
I used to believe in it so much that i was terrified to swallow my gum lol.

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