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Here's What Actually Happens When You Swallow Your Gum

Let's get to the bottom of this, once and for all.

Gum is meant to be chewed — but sometimes accidents happen.

And you've probably heard that swallowed gum stays in your stomach for seven months or seven years or some other absurdly long time.

So what actually happens when you swallow gum?

Basically, gum passes through your body just like any food — but it doesn't get completely digested.

So yes, you will eventually poop it out.

The experts still advise against swallowing gum — but not for the reason you'd think.

TL;DR: gum won't stay inside your stomach or kill you, but you should still spit it out anyway.

Besides, there's always an artist out there who has a better use for your chewed gum...

Like Douglas Coupland's "Gumhead" in Vancouver, Canada, or the Pike Place Market "Gum Wall" in Seattle, Washington.

Happy chewing, everyone!

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