Myth: “Chewing gum takes seven years to digest.”
According to Craig Hillemeier, M.D., chair of pediatric medicine and medical director, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, gum is just as digestible as this popular falsehood. Including chewing gum, everything goes through the gastrointestinal tract in 3 to 4 days whether it’s fully digested or not.
See more here: “The Medical Minute…Debunking Old Wives’ Tales”, where physicians from Penn State Hershey Medical Center tackle the misinformation of some common beliefs.
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