By Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
If you went to elementary school (and I'm making a broad assumption that you went to elementary school), you must have heard that if you swallow gum, it stays in your body for seven years. Well, I got news for you - nothing stays in your body for that long. (Well, maybe the belly fat you earned when you had your third child, but besides that, pretty much nothing.) So I know you're curious - if it doesn't stay in your body, what happens to it?
Turns out that your system doesn't digest chewing gum very well. That's because of what chewing gum is made of. Before World War II, chewing gum was made of chicle, a latex sap from the sapodilla tree. In the middle of the century though, scientists came up with artificial ways to re-create the rubbery substance. That substance, mixed with artificial flavors and sweeteners, is the chewing gum we know today. So why can't we digest it? For the same reason that we can't digest a rubber band allRead More »from What Happens to Gum when You Swallow It?