– [Instructor] You may have heard from your second grade teacher
that if you swallow gum, it could stay in your stomach forever or worse, it could grow into
a rubber tree in your stomach. Well, that’s true, so don’t do it. (peppy instrumental music) Okay, maybe not. Swallowing chewing gum isn’t
really gonna plant trees in your stomach, but that’s no reason to start doing it regularly. Here’s what happens to your
body when you swallow gum. When you eat standard food,
three processes go to work in your body to turn that food into fuel. The first is obvious, it’s chewing. The process breaks food down into smaller and smaller pieces, increasing the surface area. Meanwhile, saliva coats those
pieces, delivering enzymes that help break down the food. Finally, once swallowed, the stomach acids turn any
remaining food pieces into mush. This lets the food pass through the rest of your digestive track smoothly, but gum doesn’t play by those rules. As much as you chew it, gum doesn’t break into smaller pieces. That’s because it’s gum, duh! Gum has been around much
longer than you think. Ancient Mayans and Aztecs harvested resin from a sapodilla tree. They would dry it into a chaw and chew it to stave off hunger. Even back then, it was also recognized as a breath freshener. However, most gum today
is made from natural or synthetic polymers,
most commonly butyl rubber. It’s used in all kinds of products, including adhesives, fiber
optics, sealants, cling film, paper, fuel, explosives,
sporting equipment, roofing, bottle stoppers, and tires. But don’t worry, the butyl in
your gum won’t make you sick. That’s because it can’t be broken down. The wad of chewing gum
hits your stomach intact. Your saliva enzymes and your stomach acid can’t touch the butyl in the gum base, but that doesn’t mean it just hangs out. Your body is equipped to handle
gum the same way it deals with other food that
it can’t fully digest, like corn and sunflower seeds. (peppy instrumental music) The muscles of your
digestive tract move it along and eventually flush it out of
your system in a day or two, along with everything else. So, no, the gum doesn’t stay in your body when you swallow it, but that’s no reason to start
gulping it down by the pack. The more gum your body has to process, the higher likelihood
that it will build up. This gum mass can potentially
clog your digestive tract, causing an intestinal blockage which can trigger stomach
pain or constipation. There’s a lovely name for
this blockage, a bezoar. An 18-year-old Israeli woman once suffered from a bezoar that blocked her stomach. The problem? Turns out she had been
swallowing at least five pieces of gum every day. The blockage had grown so large
that doctors had to break it into smaller pieces and then fish it out
of her piece by piece. But chewing gum alone isn’t
necessarily bad for you. A couple of small studies
have shown that the act of chewing gum can
actually help relax you, because it can help
reduce levels of cortisol, a common stress hormone, in your saliva. Feel free to unwrap a stick. You won’t be alone, 56%
of Americans chew gum, each about 280 sticks per year. It’s a two billion dollar
industry in the U.S., but be wary of swallowing
it once you’re done. The occasional piece of gum won’t hurt, but with everything else your
body already does for you, why put it through the extra work? Also, don’t spit it out on the ground. That’s just gross. Find a trashcan, like a normal person.

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100 thoughts on “Here’s What Happens In Your Body When You Swallow Gum | The Human Body

  • August 1, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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    bro i swalllowed gum the whole time nothing happened

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  • August 1, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    Paper????

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  • August 1, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    I swallowed gum 😨

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  • August 2, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    Dude u scared me… i thought it's true °^°

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  • August 2, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    I swallowed a gum one time is it good?

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  • August 2, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    I swollod gum AHHH

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  • August 3, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    TBH its pretty hard to swallow gum

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  • August 3, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    in 5 years ago i swallow gum and now i live

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  • August 3, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    Alright time to eat a bomb

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  • August 3, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Thank you bro

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  • August 3, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    HAh JoKeS oN YoU SeCoNd GraDe TeaChER

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  • August 5, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    My grandad use to say dont bitr your nails because if it gets in your stomach it will grow a plant

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    I accidentally did it and it didn’t hurt why

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Now I can swallow my gum in peace

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  • August 6, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    Holy dang thank you for this I use to gholp it know I dont

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  • August 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    I always swallow gum…..

    WeLp Im sCaREd

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  • August 7, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    To be honest.. when i was 7 i swallowed gum. I was freaking out saying "MOMMY MOMMY I SWALLOWED GUM AAAAAAAAAAAA" i think the people in the place heard a kid screaming in a car and said "Another Kid.. Oh gosh.." I was losing my marbles (don't take this seriously) and i felt like i was gonna die 😂 Later i calmed down and now i said now "I was REALLY dumb that day.."

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  • August 7, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    I sometime just eat gum because I’m just to lazy to get up and throw it away xd

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Aaah yes I told god this in my 4th grade class he was my best student but he always swallowed gum so yeah that's why I told him

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    bro come on stop

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  • August 8, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    i love watermelon and i told my mom what happens when i eat the seed and she said its gonna stay in your stomich and plant a watermelon tree and i said good because then ill have more watermelon lol

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  • August 9, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    Lol I swallowed like 10-20 pieces of gum

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  • August 9, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    i was 5 years old and started swallowing gum everday

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    I sat on gum in school today my poor friend had to sit there and clean it off it was on my upper thigh yep that a good friend ❤️❤️

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    0:39 KYOJIN!!!!(TITAN!!!!)

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    1:43 I'll never chew gum again

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    I already eat chewing gum I'm scared but no one happen 😅

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Chewing Bomb xD

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  • August 10, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    Their was this one time that I couldn’t stop swallowing gum but I learned to stop

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:21 am
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    Mom:Swallowing gum is bad for you

    Me:Smoking is bad for you😑

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I just ate gum

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    First few seconds in the video : you might grow a rubber tree in your stomach!
    Me : OKAY I JUST SWALLOWED GUM PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME OML……

    The video : okay maybe not…

    Me :

    BISHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Huge lie 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    dont eat gums it will stay in you stomack/tummy

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    Eat gum and then eat bread it wont but it would pass kt down by pushing

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    I did it on 6 years I ate bread pushed it down pooped it out dats it story end

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    love these educational videos even tho im dumb

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    Why do people say if you swallow seeds they will grow inside you. They don’t have sunlight or soil to grow

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    I only ate 3 lol to test what happens

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    #SwallowGum

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Oh please dont make meh cry i swallow gum 1 time

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    AM I GONNA DIE AHHH

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    I swallowed it in class and let me tell you…I was fuckin scared

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    I did this and when I took a poop I saw my gum on the side…😂😂

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    what if u swallow elastic rubber-band?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:43 am
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    I got scared for a second but I don’t chew gum a lot soo

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:21 am
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    I'm scared

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  • August 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    The only time I ever swallow gum is when a teacher wants to know what you eating

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    No, it takes 7 days to dijest then poop rubber

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    My second grade teacher didn't tell me

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    I don't like to eat watermelon anymore cause my brother said if u eat a watermelon one will grow inside u

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  • August 20, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    Is it just me? the voice is like pewdiepie's.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    I swallowed gum once now I have a phobia of swallowing pills with out chewing.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    I swallowed gum before and NOTHING happen to me c:

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    I swallow every time that I eat gum

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    One time I had gum in my mouth and I fell asleep with it still in my mouth and I’m not sure because when I woke up I think I swallowed it… not sure how long it stays in there but I’m hoping it’s out

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    I’m chewing gum

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Me reading the title: what happens when you swallow cuu ……oh,it's writing gum

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  • August 21, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Oh shoot i ate gum 1more time sorry i was young

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    My teacher said it’s gonna hurt when
    U take a number 2

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  • August 22, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    “Are you saying… I can chew gum? Your wrong. It’s for drinking not chewing!!!”

    -me in 3rd grade

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  • August 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    When I swallow gum, I was scared and told my mom. My mom say do not worry and when you poopz, the gum will come outl

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    So i swallow alot of mellon seeds when i eat mellon so what hapens with the seeds

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  • August 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    That's my sister

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    I swallowed gum when i was baby

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:20 am
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    Thank godd and thank for this video..i got so relieved lol.i was so panicked😂😂

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    Oh today I was eating a gum and I didn’t swallow it

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  • August 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    If I swallow gum it gets stuck in my hair ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    #everythingtoomuchisdangerous

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  • August 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    When i was 7 yrs old i remember that I've swallowed a gum and i never told it to my mom or dad and yet here i am alive

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  • August 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    I thought for a split second that the G in the thumbnail was C…
    boy am I normal…

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  • August 26, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    can you poop it

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  • August 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I'm a Guuuum guy
    1:10 "DUH"

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    Who was chewing gum while watching

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    I watched this a long time ago and rn i just accidentally swallowed gum so i went straight to this vid because i forgot what happens if you swallow gum.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    I used to swallow gum because it tasted good and I didn't want it to go to waste since it was just too good. When I was in 1st grade, my teachers always told me that "If you swallow gum, you will be able to blow bubble gum bubbles." Ofc I didn't believe them, but now Ik not to swallow gum because it's also really bad for your digestive system.

    Thank you to: Ms. Miclarity, Ms. Keen, Ms. John, Ms. Aldridge, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Tavares, Ms. Tillery, and Ms. Moriarty

    For teaching me that swallowing gum most of my childhood can make my stomach worse!

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  • August 27, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Now I know I’m safe. I swallowed gum while drinking water and I thought it would stay in my intestines for 4 years. 😂

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  • August 28, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    3:11 it also helps people with ADHD and dyslexia to concentrate so I do not know why that they took it out of schools

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Low key thought it would stay in my body for 8 years

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  • August 29, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    I swallow gum a lot 😐 I never believed any of the stuff people say at this point my I’m prolly 50% gum

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  • August 30, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Bubble gum suck i dont smallow it bcs i cant

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  • August 31, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    Its can break apart because if you sleep with it it will be everywhere in youtlr mouth

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  • August 31, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    i actually poo gum
    now the gum in my stomach is gone

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  • August 31, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    I don't even chew gum, but I still find this interesting.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 11:10 am
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    Who's Here after Watching "How gum is made"?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Wait? Then why do people say that corn is “good” for you?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    I thought the title said cum instead of gum…😂🙃

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  • August 31, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    8 years ago…i mistakely swallowed seed of jackfruit…
    after 1 day i felt sick and after 3 days it came along with poop…😁

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  • September 1, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    I swallowed gum

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  • September 1, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Thank god im not gonna die

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  • September 2, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    I’m mad

    I’m trying to eat

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  • September 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    I ones swallowed gum

    Okey so I saw my siblings chewing gum and I want it and they wouldn’t me let me so I was mad now they let me and told me not to swallow but I didn’t listen so I just swallow

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    2:50 Well, Israelis are special⁦🇮🇱⁩⁦❤️⁩

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  • September 2, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    imagine you swallowed a real 💣

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  • September 3, 2019 at 9:40 am
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    Wow ppl tells you a lot of lies when your young XD

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  • September 3, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    Wait I’ve first heard of a butyl and it’s used on those things!!!??? Bro XD

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    what about u swallow one small
    salted caramel peanut ?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    For some reason if I chew gum too long (which I do on planes only) it just disappears

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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    So if I swallow one right 🙁

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    Who is watching it while eating chewngum

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