|HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE CHEWING GUM TO BIODEGRADE?
IF YOU SWALLOW GUM CAN YOU DIGEST IT? (GUM IS
IMPORTANT TO US, BUT WE ARENT SUPPOSED TO CHEW IT
|Question Date: 1999-01-25|
Dear gum-chewing science friends-
There's a discussion of the biodegradability of
chewing gum at : chewing
Thanks for asking.
According to the folks at Wrigley more
on chewing gum, gum will pass through your
system in about 3 days. Except for the sugar and
other flavorings, it doesn't digest, it just gets
passed out in the feces.
How long it take for gum to biodegrade depends on
where it is put.If you put it someplace that has
moisture like in the ground, I would say less than
a year. I you put it someplace really dry like
stuck under your desk, it will be there probably
long after you finish high school or whenever the
janitor scrapes it off. You can digest gum,
though so don't worry if you swallow it.
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