A swallowed gum takes 7 years to digest
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It doesn’t take 7 years to digest chewing gum. Fact is that, you barely ever digest it at all. Chewing gum is typically made of a gum base, sweetener, flavoring, preservatives and softeners. While our body breaks down sweeteners and flavoring, the gum base withstand both the acid in the stomach and the digestive enzymes in the intestines. So eventually it’s released as waste.