We have been Chewing Gum from centuries, yes! from centuries! the oldest piece of gum ever to be found is 9,000-years-old, scientists found a 9,000-year- old wad of chewing gum in Sweden.
347 trillion sticks of gum produced every year and more than 100,000 tons of chewing gum is consumed each year. In fact – A mathematician once calculated and figured out that the energy Americans expend everyday when chewing bubble gum was enough to light a city of ten million people.
Chewing Gum is our favorite time pass, we can chew it for hours and we don’t get bored from gum easily, as it reduces stress and helps in concentration.
Many of us have thought – what really happens to your body when you swallow a Chewing Gum? because If you listen to the rumors then you probably think that your chewing gum will live inside of your body for seven or nine years if you happen to swallow it, either accidentally or intentionally.
So what really happy happens to your body when you swallow a Chewing Gum?
The Rumors aren’t quite true, some gum can withstand digestion, there is no rule which states that it will then habituate your body for nearly a decade.
Gum isn’t designed to be smoothly digested by the body and thus, it is not recommended that you swallow the stuff. Gum’s synthetic or natural rubber base is the issue when it comes to digestion, for the body cannot perform the necessary actions with it.
Synthetic gums contain Butyl rubber, a substance also present in car tires and basketballs. The digestive system is not capable of digesting this stuff.
So eventually, your stomach muscles will reject this rubber and remove it from your body although, it’s a process that usually takes days rather than weeks or years.
Swallowed bubble gum will not get stuck to your intestines, but will pass through your system, because, gum base cannot be digested, as it has fiber that is indigestible.