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How real is it for a piece of chewing gum to get “stuck” in your stomach after you swallow it?

Chewing gum is not intended to be swallowed. These candies, which sometimes form the end of a candy, for example, are chewed to fully develop their delicious flavor and then thrown away. However, accidents can sometimes occur where chewing gum is swallowed.

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According to popular belief, if chewing gum is swallowed, it cannot be digested by the body and the chewing gum remains in the stomach for seven years. How true is that?

According to the Mayo Clinic, it is true that the body cannot digest it because some of the components of chewing gum do not occur in nature and the human body does not have the enzymes to break them down. However, it doesn’t stay in the stomach. It moves through the digestive system, passes through the intestines and colon, and is then excreted in feces.

This process can take anywhere from one to three days, but not weeks or the seven years that a piece of gum “in your stomach” supposedly could last.

“In very rare cases, swallowing large amounts of chewing gum combined with constipation has resulted in children’s intestines becoming blocked. For this reason, frequent use of chewing gum should be discouraged, especially in children,” the Mayo Clinic wrote in a statement written with the assistance of physician Elizabeth Rajan.

A 2016 study published in the journal Gastroenterology Research and Practice examined cases of foreign body ingestion in the gastrointestinal tract and emphasized the importance of proper monitoring and treatment of these cases to prevent complications.

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