GUM TAKES SEVEN YEARS TO DI­GEST

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - HEALTH -

This was an­other one pop­u­larised by par­ents, but is it true? Most of the ingredients in chew­ing gum – sugar, flavour­ings, mint oils – are eas­ily di­gestible. The gum base is fairly re­sis­tant to your stom­ach’s acid and di­ges­tive en­zymes, but ac­cord­ing to US-based pe­di­atric gas­troen­terol­o­gist David Milov, that doesn’t mean it sticks around in your stom­ach for seven years. It gen­er­ally makes its way down the di­ges­tive tract, un­less you’ve swal­lowed a mas­sive amount – in which case, see a doc­tor.

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