Have you ever wondered why your parents used to tell you not to swallow Gum? So what happens if you accidentally swallow it?
Many of us have one way or the other swallowed something which taught might kill us and yet we keep living. For instance, if you have not swallowed chewing gum before then what about orange seeds?
In fact, our body is engineered in a way that efficiently handles whatever we pass through our throat. Digestion somehow starts from the mouth and continue down the intestines till it finally gets to the rectum and the end products in the lavatory.
However, it is not everything that we eat that gets digested. For instance, gluten in bread is not easy to be digested by the body. Also, lactose which is found in milk is also one of the indigestible compounds that pass through our gum but they are not harmful.
So Then What Happens If You Accidentally Swallow A Chewing Gum?
The short answer is "Nothing happens". Swallowed gum just end up as part of the end products which we poop out from the other end.
"Chewing gum is made out of gum base, sweeteners, colouring and flavouring. The gum base is pretty indigestible - it is a mixture of elastomers, resins, fats, emulsifiers and waxes. Most of the time, your stomach really cannot break down the gum the way it would break down other foods."
As I said earlier, our system is engineered in a way to deal with this situation. In this case, the gum passes safely through the intestines to the rectum and finally out of the body through the anus.
Should you visit your doctor after swallowing gum?
There isn't much to worry about as it causes no harm to the system and also gets out of the body within 48 hours. However, it is advisable to prevent your kids from swallowing it.
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