By: K. Aleisha Fetters
One second you're chomping away, the next you're performing the Heimlich maneuver on yourself, struggling to keep a piece of gum from slipping its way down the abyss that is your throat. It's a skirmish we've all lost at some point in our gum-chewing days. But maybe that's not as bad a loss as we thought.
Despite what mom always said, gum doesn't take weeks, months, or even (seven?) years to make its way through your system. It just takes a day or two, according to Rachel C. Vreeman, M.D., co-author of the appropriately named Don't Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.
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You can thank an expertly evolved digestive system for that one. When you swallow something (edible or not) it takes the same path: down your esophagus and into your stomach, where a mix of acids and enzymes go to work on breaking it down. From there, the partially digested blob is shuttled intoRead More »from Does Gum Really Stay in Your System for 7 Years?