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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? This week, Reactions looks at the mechanics and chemistry of digestion in order to settle the myth.

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Producer:
Elaine Seward

Writer:
Sam Lemonick

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Nancy McGreal, Ph.D
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Sophia Cai

Sources:
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=172.615
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-body/digestive-system-article/
http://www.wrigley.com/uk/about-us/ingredients.aspx
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130625-does-gum-take-years-to-digest
https://www.dukemedicine.org/blog/myth-or-fact-it-takes-seven-years-digest-chewing-gum
http://u.osu.edu/buckmdblog/2009/12/02/medical-mythbusters-does-gum-really-stay-in-your-stomach-for-7-years/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-chewing-gum-takes-seven-years-to-digest/
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/3527600035.bpol2001/abstract?userIsAuthenticated=true&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=

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