swallowing gum

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Concerned! asks:

I have a male friend who always swallows his gum. He never spits it out. That's got to be bad for you, isn't it? Does swallowing gum foul up your system?





Dear Concerned,

Thanks for the question.

No, contrary to popular belief (not to mention what your Mom told you), it will not hurt you to swallow gum. It doesn't collect in there for years, waiting to be discovered upon death during your autopsy be a surprised medical student, either.

It simply passes harmlessly out of your body. You wouldn't notice it, unless you would take the time and initiative to collect your poop and dissect it into tiny pieces, like a mini-medical exam gone wrong. I'm not suggesting this action, by the way.

Just forget about it, is what I would advise. Don't worry about gum swallowing; but do try to spit it out on the sidewalk or out the car window like normal people do.

Thanks for asking!

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

Got a question for her?












73 Comments on "swallowing gum"

Slim Jim Junkie's picture

I wouldn't reccomend spitting it on the sidewalk, as I have gotten the stuff on new shoes too often.

Put it in the trash can.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

I used to swallow my gum all the time without ill effect. However, I stopped when I learned about all the chemicals that are present in chewing gum. Don't swallow your gum!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

hate2poop's picture

You mean telling my kids and grandkids that swallowing gum would make them have bubble farts is a bunch of hooey? Damn! Who'd'a thunk it?!

pooping is fun's picture

i always swallow my gum because sometimes it loses flavor! plus it slows down my poop! plus when i swallow alot of pink gum it makes my poop a pretty color!

bubble gum poo's picture

My husband always swallows his gum and one day he pooped out a big wad of gum that got stuck in his butt hair. Dont swallow your gum!!

Kel's picture

I swallow my gum ! I dont know why began as a habbit and Now I cant see gum because im tempted to swallow it haha now i know its not bad

Gum Eating Addict's picture

I've been swallowing my gum since I remember chewing gum. I'm 26 now, so let's say for about 20 years?! I max out at about 10 pieces a day on my heavy gum use days. I'm happy to hear this advice, but I'm not sure I believe it fully. I've been in denial all my life that eating gum is bad for me, but I can't seem to stop eating every piece I chew (and I chew alot). I think that eating gum surely can't be good for me, but I just can't stop doing it. Does anyone know of any support groups for gum eating addicts? I'm truly concerned about my colorectal health and would like to try to get help. Thanks.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Just stop doing it! Damn!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Anonymous Coward #8015(FmK)'s picture

I also eat tons of gum... sometimes especially like the last few days i can average up to 35 or more peices at a time... i wonder if thats bad

cheol's picture

wow...i was all worried at school today
i accidently swallowed my gum, and quickly went to the bathroom try to get it out, by throwing up hahaha i'm happy to read this, knowing that gun is not bad for you, even though you should still not swallow your gum, it is meant to chew :-P

Anonymous Coward(haha)'s picture

I'm 52 i no an oldy but ive been eating gum for countless years and i just cant seem to stop it HELP ME!!!!!!!!

wonderpance's picture
Comment Quality Moderatork 500+ points

i remember a time when i was kid, i had swallowed my gum, and then i saw it in a piece of my poop. it was weird.

i love poop.

AssBlaster2000's picture
PoopReport of the Year Awardj 1000+ points

To above coward: You don't sound like you're 52. More like 13 to me.

Bunga Din's picture
j 1000+ points

Certain gums won't change colour at all when being shit out, pretty cool, I'm no fashion maven but I don't think pink and brown go together. Ladies, any ideas on what colours go with pink, I'll give it a shot to have a matching shit.

wonderpance's picture
Comment Quality Moderatork 500+ points

i can't fuckin' stand pink. chew some minty gum instead. or perhaps some Fruit Stripe.

i love poop.

Anonymousperson2's picture

OMG i'm so happy i've been chewing gum since i was around 7 and i'm 14 now and i thought it tasted so good so i'd always swallow it thank god i'm not hurting myself for doing it

pimp's picture

i've started too swallow more gum lately than usual, and i've notice that i get a strong pain in my stomach on the right side. When i swallow it, it feels minty in my esophagus, and my stomach hurts almost immediately.
so is swallowing gum bad or good?

Bunghole In the Jungle's picture
l 100+ points

In honor of 'Weird Al,' I parody-phrase the great big bandleader Glen Miller's Pennsylvania 65000: [Uh one, a two, uh one-two-three-four]....

'Pardon me boy, are you the wad that gummed my poop shoot?'

keeping the whack in tally-ho...
Fartuituos!
Serenshittipy!

Anonymous Cute Girl lol's picture

I've been swallowing my gum all my life. You don't know how happy i am to read this article..Lol.. now i know i don't have to feel guilty about myself when i swallow my gum!!

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

I still think that it's not a great idea. And this spitting thing. Why not just keep the wrapper and use that later? A tissue. A old receipt. A fast-food napkin. A deposit slip. Hey, those are all TP substitutes, too. Anyway, please don't spit it on the sidewalk or in the grass or anywhere else other people might have to come in contact with it. Kinda like poop, if you think of it.

KeepOnCrappin's picture
k 500+ points

Wait, so I'm not allowed to spit it out the car window or leave it in the parking lot anymore?

Some Austin cop might arrest me.

"KOC -- the Cool Crapper" - Rat Droppings

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

Anybody old enough to remember this one?

The nation rose as one, and sent its fav'rite son
To the White House, this mighty country's lighthouse
He saw the President; he said that "I've been sent
To solve the burning question that involves the continent."

CHORUS: Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost over night?
If you pull it out like rubber will it snap right back and bite?
If you paste it on the left side will you find it on the right?
Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost over night?

Here comes the blushing bride; the "boob" right by her side
To the altar, as steady as Gibraltar
The bridegroom has the ring; it's such a pretty thing
He puts it on her finger and the choir begins to sing

CHORUS: Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost over night?
Would you use it on your collar when your button's not in sight?
Put your hand beneath your seat and you will find it there all right
Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost over night?

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"Say, has anybody seen my sweet Gypsy Rose Volcano?"

Bunghole In the Jungle's picture
l 100+ points

Well.... I personally don't remember it, but my daddy sang it to me when I was but a wee lass--I think the original version came out in the 1930s or the 1940s. After reading the lyrics, the tune popped right back into my head.

Damn, you Dumpster Man! I'm going to be singing this shitty gum song all night now.

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"Odor in the court! The judge is eating beans--his wife is in the bathtub counting submarines." Author Unknown

keeping the whack in tally-ho...
Fartuituos!
Serenshittipy!

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

Damn! The above post has led Dumpster to The Authentic History Center, which has gotta be the second-coolest web site on the net (next only to PR, of course)!

I'm off to spend the rest of the night "Over There." Y'all have fun!

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"Say, has anybody seen my sweet Gypsy Rose Volcano?"

Curious's picture

I heard from a friend that swollowing gum makes ur boobs bigger. is this at all possible?

Big turdy!'s picture

I once swallowed about 13 pieces for a whole week and pooped out a turd surronded in a bubblish type thing..?

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

Only if it is Double-Bubble.

someone cool!!'s picture

ummm.. i wouldnt spit the gum out the window or on the side walk u could spit it on someones car than they would be pissed and tonzz of people step on gum everyday and the get mad spit it in the trash or in a paper towell!! k bye

Double Flush's picture
k 500+ points

Swallowing gum doesn't affect your body any more than giving your guts something to pass through them. No bigger boobs, no fart bubbles, no big wad of gum to be discovered later. If youi're worried about swallowing your gum, then don't do it and spit it out in a trash can. I don't want gum on my shoe, bike, or car. Thank you.

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Practicing the ancient Chinese art of double flushing... because sometimes, a single flush just isn't enough.

[Insert witty banter here]

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Dumster-- My mom used to sing that gum song to me any time we were driving and I was rifling around trying to find something in which to deposit my used gum.

She told me how poor she was as a kid, and if she got a piece of gum, she'd keep it on the corner of her nightstand overnight. She'd chew the same piece of gum for DAYS, until it would just give up the gummy ghost and disintegrate. Talk about thrifty!

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

The origins of this "urban legend" are thoroughly discussed (and debunked) in this article on Snopes.com.

Northy's picture
l 100+ points

I've always swallowed my gum (unless I spit and kick it at something) and NEVER had any problems. Why I swallow it you ask? (you probably didn't ask but anyway......) 1. I'm lazy and can't be arsed to find something to put it into. 2. I like to piss people off who say its bad for you and yell at me for doing it.

Gum Freak's picture

I swallow my gum sometimes by accident, and afterwards I always feel sort of funny. and always afterwards I fell terribe that I swallowed it.. Also, I saw this thing on another website about sugar free gum leading to diareaha. i only chew sugar free, and sometimes i have periods of time where i chew 3 pieces a day, and now i'm worried that something will happen to me from sugar free gum. help?

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

So stop buying it.

Double Flush's picture
k 500+ points

Swallowing gum does not make you sick (unless it's scraped off the underside of a table), does not make your boobs bigger, does not hang around, and does not give you bubble farts. It is simply passed harmlessly whenever you take a dump. If gun worries you that much, see GottaGoGirl's comment above this one.

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Um, yeah. My sig. So, about that... I'm not doing one this week.

[Insert witty banter here]

Anonymous Coward's picture

dude. i'm more constipated than i've ever been in my life. i mean to the point of sticking my finger up my ass and pulling shit out and i definitely found a HUGE wad of gum because i always smallow my gum. this wad of gum has caused my asshole to bleed and i hate gum forever now. it's not normally a prob to swallow gum but i have to mention that it really can lead to some problems when you're a little low on the fiber. so don't do it kids. i'm in a lot of physical pain right now due to that damn gum.

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

As a kid I was always swallowing my gum. I stopped when I leaned that it wasn't the best thing for me. ML, I remeber the old myth about gum collecting in a person's stomach.

Spit out your gum people, and not on the damn sidewalk. AND DON"T EVEN THINK OF STICKING YOUR USED GUM UNDER A DESK OR TABLE, THAT DRIVES ME ALSOLUTLEY NUTS!!!
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Born to clog your bog, with a giant log.

"Two percent of the population think; three percent of the population think they think, and 95 percent of the population would rather die than think."

poop in progress's picture

I swallow me gum, lol, though it seems a lot of people do; I swallow a lot, like around ten peices or so a day, but I'm really okay with that, it kind of makes me feel full and curbs my appetite for 'real foods'.

random person thinger's picture

hahahaha jeez my friend is afraid to swallow her gum now, because of 2 comments i copied and pasted from here to her. :P

sarahbug's picture

people,people,people..........it is chewing gum!!.......not swallow gum.......

me baby me's picture

I buy gum at the bulk food store by the pound and usually eat it within 1-2 days. I am a gum-junkie. Chicle Chew is the best.

POOP-R-US's picture

I stumbled upon this website b/c my boyfriend was trying to prove to me that swalling gum is not harmful. Who cares! This webpage is facinating...go poop!

amandawasx's picture

I was (pleasantly)surprised to stumble upon this crappy website and i'm happy to know that swallowing gum will not kill you. thanks poonurse!

bologna's picture

My 3-year-old just ate a whole pack of minty-fresh and a couple of band-aids. i can't wait for this crap.

Dr. Portwood MD.'s picture

In fact swallowing gum is harmful to the digestive tract and is related directly to ASS CANCER. Cumulative swallowing of chewing gum can act as an aphrodesiac or "Spanish Fly". STOP before it's too late!!!

daphne's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardSite AdminComment Content ModeratorComment Quality Moderatore 6000+ points

B (doc?), we would love to see references. There are a few pervs on the site, and I bet after reading your post, they are already on the way to the store to stockpile all the Juicy Fruit in aisle 6.


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.....hugging bunnies since 1969
www.daphneszoo.com

.....hugging bunnies since 1969
www.daphneszoo.com

Anonymous Coward's picture

i eat bubble gum tout le temps! and i mean ALL OF THE TIME.. i just ate two packages of "rain-blo" and a huge halloween bubblegum jawbreaker type thing and im not dead so.. out of curiosity, i googled the urband legend of gum swallowing and was brought to this very page! happy to know that i will not die. im going to eat some more gum now.. bye

shitwit's picture
k 500+ points

Yes, I remember that song about the chewing gum on the bedpost overnight. I haven't heard that in over 25 years!

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Rock-n-roll! Poopy-poo!

Rock-n-roll! Poopy-poo!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I am 60 and have been swallowing gum since I started chewing it when I was under 10. I'm alive, healthy, and my digestive tract is fine. The only thing wrong with me is that I am even on this site!!

Claire's picture

I am doing a science project on if you swallow your gum, does it degest into little pieces and come out that way or does it stay in one big clump and just pop out whole??? this website helped me answer my question a tad bit..THANKS!!

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