What happens when you chew gum on an empty stomach?
When one chews gum on an empty stomach, their body tends to think that they are eating real food so it releases acid. Acid is what breaks down food to digest it. However, since one is not consuming food there is nothing for the body to digest, so the acid begins to break down the layers of the stomach.
But the gum doesn't stay in your stomach. It moves relatively intact through your digestive system and is excreted in your stool. On rare occasions, large amounts of swallowed gum combined with constipation have blocked intestines in children.
- Contrary to popular belief, it is not possible to swallow your tongue. Unless of course if you cut it off and then swallowed it… In any event, the tongue is rooted to the floor of the mouth by the lingual frenulum. You can't swallow your tongue, but it can still get in the way during a seizure.
- Weight Loss Benefits of Chewing Gum. Research from the University of Rhode Island showed that people who chewed gum consumed 68 fewer calories at lunch and did not compensate by eating more later in the day. Chewing gum also helped the study participants satisfy their cravings and resist fattening treats.
- Chewing gum benefits your teeth and gums by removing billions of bacteria molecules from your mouth (provided you spit it out later). Chewing gum can also strengthen your jaw muscles. However, for people with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) it can exacerbate pain and other symptoms by overworking the jaw.
It's not bunk. When you chew gum, you swallow more often and some of what you're swallowing is air. In addition, artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol that is found in some gums, can give you gas. Most people produce between a pint and a half-gallon of gas each day.
- The sweetener sorbitol is found in a lot of sugar-free gum and mints, Kushner says. Sorbitol can cause gas and water to form in the colon, giving you IBS symptoms. "Someone who is chewing a lot of gum and having IBS symptoms may find it goes away if they stop chewing," he notes.
- Chewing gum stimulates the gastric juices, meaning there is more saliva. You then swallow the saliva and your stomach thinks there is food coming down. When no food comes down, you become hungry. It is like chewing food but spitting it out.
- The brittleness and cold temperature of ice cubes can actually cause teeth to fracture. They can cause microscopic cracks in the surface of the enamel, which could lead to bigger dental problems over time.
Updated: 2nd October 2019