What if we Swallow Chewing Gum?

What if we Swallow Chewing Gum

What if we Swallow Chewing Gum?

What if we Swallow Chewing Gum
What if we Swallow Chewing Gum

Hey friends I’m sure you might have heard that swallowed gum stays in your stomach for seven years or even scary it will grow into a rubber tree inside you but is it true or is it just one of those urban legends like the bigfoot or loch ness monster.

Today let us explore this sticky situation and answer a popular question what if we you swallow gob gum attempting rubbery candy that comes in various shapes sizes colors and flavors but have you ever wondered what is it made of?

Well, it is believed that people have been chewing gum since the stone age as recently a gum made of birch bhakta that could be somewhere between 5500 and 6000 years old was found in Finland not only that but various ancient civilizations like Mayans and Aztecs used to chew a naturally made gum called chick Aletta.

Which was made from the latex sap of the sapodilla tree they chewed it to keep their bread fresh filling cavities cleaning their teeth and sticking objects together in everyday use the ancient Greeks chewed mastic gum made from the resin of the mastic tree mastic gum like birch bacteria.

It has antiseptic properties and is believed to have been used to maintain oral health and as time progressed so was the fascination for gums and many other cultures made gum-like substances obtained from plants grasses and resins but it was not until the 1860s when the first flavored chewing gum was finally invented using synthetic rubber.

Apart from the gum base, these modern-day gums contain ingredients such as sweeteners softeners and flavoring that we enjoy until the taste is gone and you spit it out but the critical question is what if you swallow it by mistake well first here is something you need to understand about your digestion process.

When you eat something it goes to a systematic process starting from chewing it was the food mixes with the saliva and once you swallow this mixture your the body breaks it down further extracting all the nutrients on the way before it lands inside your stomach where a powerful stomach acid transforms it into a mush that allows the food to pass through the rest of the digestive tract smoothly…

But when it comes to gums it’s a whole different bubble game because no matter how super-duper powerful your stomach acid is it is no match to the strength the synthetic rubber possesses yes despite the best efforts from your saliva enzymes and stomach acid to digest the gum. They won’t be able to break it apart and dissolve it but don’t you worry my friends it won’t stick to the side of your intestine and stay there rent-free for seven years.

Your body will treat it like any other local food it can’t fully digest and within the next three days or so your digestive tract will push it through your system and will throw it out along with your poop so here we go the myth that the bubble gum stays in your tummy for seven years has been busted as entirely false.

But remember my friends although swallowing a single gum by mistake won’t harm you still consuming too many gums can cause a blockage in your digestive tract that might need immediate medical attention or even an operation to remove it. So always make sure to spit out the tasteless piece of synthetic rubber once it loses its sweet flavor.

Did you know? the color of the first successful bubble gum was pink yes that’s because it was the only color the inventor had to remain also, studies have shown that chewing gum helps people concentrate and may improve long-term and working memory.

Yes, chewing gum has also been shown to reduce muscle tension and increase alertness well that’s a good excuse-making if your teacher ever catches you eating a piece of gum in class hope you learned something new today…

If you have any questions regarding anything feel free to ask down in the comments section.

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