Myth: Chewing Gum Takes 7 Years to Digest
Bust: I bet you’ve heard that before at least once. I have, so many times when I was growing up in fact, that I used to have nightmares about it. Many still believe it to be true. So where does this belief come from? Partly from the fact that aside from sugars, which do break down in the stomach, chewing gum is indigestible. That doesn’t mean it stays with you for seven years, however. It means that it passes through your digestive system pretty much intact. Still, doctors who have seen some strange cases, suggest that you don’t want to make swallowing it a habit.