Thursday, January 3, 2013

7 Years to Digest... Damn You Wrigley

Today I'm just sitting there listening to music, writing code, and chewing gum when suddenly I swallowed my piece of gum.  At that point I realize that damn it - that piece of gum is going to be in my system for the next 7 years!  Or is it?  Is that folklore true?  I haven't swallowed a piece of gum since I was a kid trying to hide it from my 4th grade teacher.  I needed to know the truth... so I turned to Google.

According to an article published by John Matson of the Scientific American, it's a lie!  It has very little basis on fact.  Of course gum doesn't fully digest.  The sugars are broken down but the majority of the rubbery substance remains intact.  It often takes between a day and 7 days to pass through your system.  Whew!  Crisis averted.

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