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Is Swallowing Gum Bad for You?

Swallowing gum is not really bad for health, but at the same time is also not recommended. Although chewing gum gets digested like any other food, it takes more time. May be, in very rare cases, swallowing too much of gum leads to cramps in stomach. But then, the cramping does not last long. Perhaps that can be the only reason why children are generally kept away from chewing gums, fearing that they might swallow them and not because swallowing causes any health disorder. In a country like the US where chewing gum is considered as the number one snack choice among the adults, cases of gum getting stuck to throat and blocking the airway or necessitating emergency medical care are very rare to hear.

by Susan White on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 21:33

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