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Does gum take seven years to digest?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Most people empty their stomach within a half hour to two hours after eating, including gum. Gum base is insoluble, meaning our bodies don't possess digestive enzymes to break it down, just like the fiber base of raw vegetables, corn, and popcorn kernels. And Mom was wrong: It can't stick to your stomach wall. Gum travels the same path as food and is excreted in your poop. Not convinced? Just look for it in the toilet!

 


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