Here at Seeker World Headquarters, actually a decommissioned oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, we like to peek into the darkest and dustiest corners of human knowledge. For instance: What's the real story on swallowing gum? Will it prompt a tree to grow in your stomach? Does it really take seven years to ... process?
The quick answers are no and no, but the longer answers are interesting. Swallowing gum won't hurt you, probably, but you should avoid it anyway. The body's digestive system considers gum a significant annoyance. Also, did you know that ancient Egyptians chewed gum? And cavemen? In today's DNews report, Amy Shira-Teitel has all the details on everyone's favorite nonnutritive masticatory substance.
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