GUM TAKES SEVEN YEARS TO DIGEST
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.