If you swallow gum it can take years to digest, true or false?
THIS IS FALSE
- You may have heard the old wives' tale that states that swallowed chewing gum may take up to seven years to become fully digested. The tale also sometimes suggests that the gum could also become lodged in the esophagus or stay in the stomach.
- If fact, chewing gum does resist complete digestion by the body, however it is generally expelled like other foods in the normal time frame though in a form relatively unchanged.