00:05Hey there Head Squeezers, I hope you're well.
00:07A Corker of a question in from Cosmic66 who asks
00:11What happens if you swallow your chewing gum?
00:15Now I remember my mum used to say to me
00:18Don't swallow your chewing gum
00:19because it will get stuck between you ribs and will stay in your stomach for seven years.
00:24Give us a thumbs up if you also heard that old chestnut
00:28Or indeed if you swallow your chewing gum like Tom the cameraman who often does it.
00:33Anyway first of all we've been licking back for a chew
00:36for centuries right back in 7000 BC, in Northern Europe
00:42there's evidence that we chewed small bits of black tar.
00:46Each to their own, I guess.
00:47But if you do swallow your own chewing gum these days,
00:50don't worry, your stomach can deal with it.
00:53Say you swallow something like a tasty burger?
00:56It goes down into your stomach where your stomach acid and enzymes start digesting it.
01:03Then it's over to your intestines with a little bit of help from your liver
01:07and your pancreas start breaking it down further into something your body can use for energy.
01:13So what about chewing gum?
01:15Well your body can use the sweeteners, the flavorings and the softeners for fuel
01:21but the gum base does hang around for a little while.
01:25And that's because the synthetic chemicals that make the gum chewy
01:30have no role in the body.
01:31So just like the bouncer at a night club it will kick the troublemaker out the back door.
01:38if you know what I mean.
01:40So for once my mum was wrong on this one
01:42it doesn't hang around for years, just a little while.
01:45But get this. there was a journal in 1998
01:48that studied three cases of kids who constantly swallowed their chewing gum.
01:53There was one four year old girl who swallowed so much that she ended up with,
01:58and I quote, "multiple spheres of chewed gum congealed into a rectal mass" lovely stuff.
02:06Anyway that's all the time I got right now.
02:08If you do have any questions on stuff you've always wondered about
02:10then send them in on twitter, on Facebook or in the comments below
02:14And just like the old chewing gum adverts used to say
02:17if you enjoyed this please share it with a friend.
02:19Happy Head Squeeing!


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