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Nope! According to officials at Wrigley, makers of Big Red and Juicy Fruit, it only takes a few days to digest when you accidentally swallow a wad of the chewy stuff. Chewing gum consists of five basic ingredients, four of which dissolve in your mouth—flavor, sweeteners, corn syrup and softeners. The fifth ingredient, gum base, doesn’t dissolve but eventually passes through your system undigested, much like fiber.
BY CAIT ROHAN ON 2/4/2009 7:00:00 AM
No gum doesn't take seven years to digest, only seven weeks, but still. Swallowing gum is not good for your body any way!!
by LiveForMusic on 3/24/2009 4:17:38 PM
That is interesting. I heard the myth, but I didn't know that.
by band girl on 3/1/2009 2:36:48 PM
thats a relif i somtimes hafta swalow my gum. it always gives me a stomach ache.
by rayray1190 on 2/20/2009 5:11:56 PM
ummm....are you sure those "blackheads" aren't your pores?
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by jessiekinsx0x0 on 2/10/2009 10:25:18 PM
by star111 on 2/10/2009 10:05:11 PM
I usually swallow my gum...idk why...
by IsisWolf18 on 2/10/2009 9:39:56 PM
by bballgal32 on 2/10/2009 6:05:17 PM
lol OK good cuz i just accidentally swallowed my gum today in science
by candyworld159 on 2/10/2009 5:42:28 PM
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by watchout on 2/10/2009 4:58:52 PM
I KNEW IT!!!! i hate it when girls think they r always right. sayin gum stays in ur stomach 4 7 years. HAHA #<
by regbug on 2/9/2009 8:32:42 PM
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by h0rsel0ver1 on 2/9/2009 5:03:07 PM
we learned that in science...... nothing stays in your body for more then 3 days!!!!!
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by 1toughcookie on 2/9/2009 4:21:36 PM
Is it bad that I swallow at least six pieces a day at my school? I don't like raising my hand so I just swallow my gum. I'm scared now! Is this bad!?
by Shelbytwilight on 2/8/2009 10:06:49 PM
i personally think its gross when people swollow their gum the only time i ever swollow my gum is on accident.....but i am glad that it doesn't take 7 years to digest
by tiny short person who is "tall" on 2/8/2009 8:43:39 PM
interesting.yeah, like when i swallow gum, peoples are all like, ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.............and i'm all like, what? and they're like ,ur not supposed to swallow gum...
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by nirvanaluver on 2/8/2009 4:29:08 PM
Feeww good bc i just swalowed like a half pack of gum
by newyork8998 on 2/8/2009 1:22:10 PM
i luv gum, especially trident tropic twist! i've heard the myth b4 but i never believed it. also, wasn't this on bod squad b4? i remember reading this article a LOOOONG time ago.
by twlight4eva on 2/8/2009 11:35:36 AM
Wow, that would be so wierd if it took 7 years!
by Brittney538 on 2/8/2009 9:04:00 AM
OMG! I really thought it did take tht long! Lol pheeww because i've accidently swallowed my gum before. Thankx for the info(:
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by supersweetie563 on 2/7/2009 11:02:14 AM
thats cool...im glad b/c i do this alot (oops)
by iluvpiano97 on 2/6/2009 10:34:01 PM
by xotoday4u on 2/6/2009 12:29:55 PM
wow thanks a lot
by yellow13 on 2/6/2009 7:07:06 AM
by Sugar&Spice on 2/6/2009 12:43:49 AM
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by Sugar&Spice on 2/5/2009 11:49:49 PM
im like addicted 2 gum i chew 24/7
and i want to stop chewing so so much cuzz it gives me mouth sores but i cant stop
my friends cant help me either cuz there just like me and chew all the time.....my friends think its great that i geve up for 5 days they usually cave after the first 2 days.....
by emoticon220 on 2/5/2009 10:43:37 PM
I once heard that swallowing gum causes cancer. I'm pretty sure thats not true
by elizagurl on 2/5/2009 10:17:14 PM
Soooo much relief haha cause i swallow my gum like all the timeeeee xD
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by jesusavesu04 on 2/5/2009 7:49:21 PM
woah if that waz true
by chocolatelover13 on 2/5/2009 5:29:37 PM
I'm lucky because I don't like the taste of gum so I don't have to deal with that. But the 7 years thing? Sounds pretty crazy and thankfully it's a rumor.
by cutegirl10111 on 2/5/2009 5:05:36 PM
I've always wondered about this! Thanks for the info
by khski1095 on 2/5/2009 5:04:33 PM
by twilight gal 37 on 2/5/2009 2:56:42 PM
it only takes a few days to digest, but sometimes there are bad ingredients that hurt your stomach!
by twilight gal 37 on 2/5/2009 2:54:57 PM
i think that myth is R-E-T-A-R-T-E-D!!!
by bookworm95 on 2/5/2009 1:31:26 PM
well, i don't chew gum at all! I have really healthy teeth and gums and I'm not ruining it by chewing gum- even sugarless. I have braces anyway, so I'm not allowed anyway- but I've chewed one piece of gum in my life and I spit it out after about 30 seconds! lol.
by jbluvr24 on 2/5/2009 12:59:18 PM
i hav braces but i cant live w/out chewing gum, so i chew it ALL the time NEway!! And i swallow it ALL the time!! Silly me :-P
by cheer!360 on 2/5/2009 10:27:30 AM
i used to swallow gum all the time, but now for some reason i cant, its kinda odd
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by mzkz101 on 2/5/2009 6:48:08 AM
i sometimes swallow but only sugar free and one piece at a time. Even so, i make sure to spit it out a lot more
by ihavetheglydephone on 2/5/2009 1:07:08 AM
i sometimes swallow my chewing gum.
by ponylover93 on 2/4/2009 11:00:10 PM
by pink895895 on 2/4/2009 10:38:10 PM
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by wednesday1408 on 2/4/2009 10:31:43 PM
My friend Josie swallowed like 10 cubes of bubble yum in 3rd grade (on purpose!).
by sparklestar4ever12 on 2/4/2009 9:48:50 PM
Someone just told me that it took 7 years and I told them they were wrong. Now I can tell them about this article. It would be terrible if it really did take that long. Can anyone say eww!
by luckykel on 2/4/2009 9:41:30 PM
once in one day i would accidentally swallow every piece of gum i chewed so i would get another piece and accidentally swallow it but soon i just gave up.lol my favorite gum is orbit cuz i like how they have the commercials when they say "dirty mouth? clean it up with orbit" with a cool accent! lol
by yoyozozo63 on 2/4/2009 9:37:27 PM
I always swallow my gum. Actually that's a lie. I swallow my gum when I don't have anywhere to throw it out.
by musicismylove on 2/4/2009 9:35:57 PM
by novemberbaby164 on 2/4/2009 9:18:14 PM
my family all believes it.
by magicfingertips on 2/4/2009 8:18:27 PM
it's good to hear it's just a myth otherwise i'd be disgsting gum till i die i just can't stop swallowing gum
by littlemiss139 on 2/4/2009 8:06:53 PM
teachers always say that it takes like 7 years
i have no clue why they do though
by littlemiss139 on 2/4/2009 7:58:26 PM
lol thats funny
by girlzrock07 on 2/4/2009 7:45:27 PM
OMG, i luv gum like alot of ppl and alot fo times I swallow my gum and I get worried about when i am in college and i digest my gum but im glad to know it just takes a couple of days. Speaking of gum, I swallowed a wad today L0L, i rlly need to stop doing tht though!
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by SunnyDee on 2/4/2009 7:22:25 PM
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by CaliSuz3 on 2/4/2009 6:57:54 PM
I just cant swallow gum....idk im werid hahah im to scared i will swallow it and i will like choke on it hhaha
by !clo_cho! on 2/4/2009 6:51:34 PM
im the exact same way!!!
i read somewhere it might just be poor circulation(which isnt really something to worry about, i think).
by purplecrazed on 2/4/2009 6:40:51 PM
i kno this is sorta strange but im always cold, like my hands. whenevr i youch a friend 4 their attention they notice how cold my hands r.and it happens all the time.is this normal?
by Cuteyful on 2/4/2009 6:34:06 PM
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by gogreen7487 on 2/4/2009 6:15:35 PM
still dont swallow it, its pretty easy to choke on!
by future ms. cullen on 2/4/2009 5:50:18 PM
i still wouldnt swallow it on purpose. but i dont think anyone would. i hope.lol
by irishdancingfool17 on 2/4/2009 5:44:45 PM
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by 14emozingo on 2/4/2009 5:39:51 PM
lolz, i was worried sick about dat. thanks, gl!
by babypiink on 2/4/2009 5:16:11 PM
hahaha when i was little i used to freak out because i thought it took 7yrs to digestt so i thought it would be in me forever.
by mluver17 on 2/4/2009 5:14:20 PM
Cooli, I was always scared of swallowing bubble gum, like it would clog my airtube or something. lol.
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by bordingschooldance123321 on 2/4/2009 4:37:56 PM
doesn't EVERYTHING have calories that you eat?!?!
it's not a big deal
gum is WAYYY healthier than the other things kids munch on!!!
by vballmaster:) on 2/4/2009 4:31:28 PM
awesome ive also heard the one about eating seeds and it will grow in ur stomach. such a lie!!! LOL. i didnt believe it tho but ppl say that 2 lil kids... so im not dumb lol
by Cuteyful on 2/4/2009 4:29:18 PM
It does have calories, luckytwelve, but most of those are probably going to be in the sweeteners and corn syrup, rather than the gum base.
by Somebody on 2/4/2009 3:40:37 PM
I did a science project with gum last year. I got to chew gum for the entire hour for a grade! (But I had to do other stuff, too)
by Miss~America on 2/4/2009 3:31:36 PM
ive heard of that but i thought that was crazy!!<3
by taylor lautner #1 fan on 2/4/2009 3:30:19 PM
my brother freaked me out with that myth when i was little! i thought i was gonna die! lol
by amazingx9797 on 2/4/2009 3:29:39 PM
ha thats kewl
by susiela on 2/4/2009 3:10:53 PM
rofl. my teachers last name is wrigley. but shes not like, related or anything lol DANG.
by hawknelsonx3 on 2/4/2009 2:25:52 PM
Haha, they did this on "Food Detectives."
But if this was true, that piece of gum I swallowed at my grandparents when I was five would just be passing through. o_o
by willow xx on 2/4/2009 1:57:33 PM
Cool. Iv heard that it takes seven years to digest also... glad to hear that it just a myth!!
by MangaLover12 on 2/4/2009 12:53:54 PM
thats kool!! is chewing gum a lot bad for you?? my skewl actually allows it so i usually chew during the school day. i dont chew at home tho. is this bad?? just wonderin!!
by lilgirlyme on 2/4/2009 12:12:15 PM
by ms naughty on 2/4/2009 11:03:40 AM
that's cool! i can't chew gum right now cuz i have braces, but i'm getting them off soon, so now i don't have to worry about that kind of stuff!
by live-your-life720 on 2/4/2009 9:41:41 AM
i know i heard that bubble gum myth!!!!
i didnt belive in it at all i thought it was silly but i was still a bit curious
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by skatergal*101 on 2/4/2009 9:40:06 AM
that would e so gross if it was in your stomach 4 7 years!
by JustThatGirl13 on 2/4/2009 9:38:58 AM
Cool! But swallowing gum feels SUPER weird.
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by basketballchic on 2/4/2009 9:33:32 AM
i dont really swallow my bubble gum so...
by sparkle1365 on 2/4/2009 8:37:41 AM
Ya, but none of those things are good for you, and gum probably has some calories, too. The best thing to do is avoid swallowing it and not overreact if you do.
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