Walter Diemer invented the chewy goodness which we know as bubblegum in 1928. People are chewing it ever since and some people do swallow it occasionally. While this rubber candy made out of stretchy and sticky natural tars and it is not food, it certainly tastes and looks like food thanks to all the sugar.
From tar, the companies moved on to tree sap, like the rubber tree, but today’s bubble gums are made out of synthetic rubber, so all in all you are chewing flavored car tire. But each one of them has one thing in common; the resistance towards being digested by the chemicals inside our stomach. But what would happen if we would accidently or intentionally swallow the gum?
As explained in the video below by the American Chemical Society, the answer is a bit complex. One thing is for sure that our body can’t digest the gum, but that doesn’t mean it stays inside our body forever, unlike the common understanding.
So just like with every other unneeded lump of food inside your body, the bubblegum would also be pushed out of the digestive track and eventually pooped out.
Now don’t start swallowing the gum from now on! Gum in generous quantities can cause blockages in the digestive tract. This is more applicable to kids, who have smaller tracks and are more likely to consume their gum. The blockages can cause severe constipation, so much so as to needing a doctor’s help, as displayed by this “taffy-pulling” incident.
Check out the video below before you come to your own conclusion.