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Does chewing gum really stay inside you for years?

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Scared of swallowing gum? You probably shouldn't be worried...

Asked by: Michael Crowne, Bournemouth


No. Chewing gum is indigestible but it doesn't have any magic property that allows it to escape the normal digestive transit. Three days is the usual limit.

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