accidentally swallow chewing gum! There is hardly anyone who has not been guilty of doing that. But the scariest part has to be the story told by our parents that stays in your stomach for seven years. A number of American video called “reactions” of the American Chemical Society conducted a study to analyze the functions of the digestive system. They found that although there are certain gums that can escape digestion for some time, there is a gum stays in your stomach for a long time.
The digestive system includes three steps. First, the food is processed through chewing, then proteins and enzymes in saliva decompose the remains, and finally the remainder acids dissolve the gum to be compatible with the intestines.
After chewing, the mouth muscles push food through the digestive tract; from there it is transferred to the stomach to churn with digestive juices. During this process, the enzymes in saliva, digestive juices, and acids, work to transform food into nutrients your body uses.
The remaining bits dissolve and eventually eliminated.
But the gums can not be digested like normal food, because they are made of butyl rubber, which is a type of synthetic rubber which gives a particular kind of consistency and chewiness.
A paste can not be disintegrated by the teeth either so it travels through the digestive tract as a whole a taco. While enzymes in the stomach can easily break by oils, carbohydrates and alcohol, but the base rubber are immune to digestive juices. Therefore, some of your gum stays in the stomach and so do other types of resistant food such as tripe and sunflower seeds but eventually led outside the body for the muscles within a few days.