Why does gum stick to your stomach for seven years if you swallow it?

Mom warned you that gum doesn’t digest; it just sits in your stomach soaking in a stew of digestive and taking up space. Acids and enzymes in your stomach make short work of gum’s sugars and flavor additives, but its synthetic-rubber base is one tough glob to digest. That doesn’t mean gum just swirls around and around in your belly like a penny in a washing machine. Like clockwork, your stomach empties its contents into the intestine for further digestion. Any gum gobs, corn kernels, or other tough-to-digest treats go along for the ride. It all gets pushed to the colon and passed in your poop, looking much as it did when you ate it. Not that we suggest you go looking.


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