What happens when you swallow gum?

What happens when you swallow gum
Credit: American Chemical Society.

Does gum really stay in your stomach for 7 years?

It’s a legendary piece of playground lore: If you swallow a piece of gum, it stays stuck in your stomach forever.

So was your elementary-school buddy right?

Reactions looks at the mechanics and chemistry of digestion in order to settle the myth.

Chew on the video here:

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