Reactions Finds Out If Chewing Gum Really Stays in Your Stomach for 7 Years

On a recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions, they explore “the mechanics and chemistry of digestion” to find out if swallowed chewing gum really stays in your stomach for 7 years.

It’s a legendary piece of playground lore: If you swallow a piece of gum, it stays stuck in your stomach forever. So was your elementary-school buddy right?