If cycling and selfies have an international day, then it makes sense that gum also has one and say good luck because today is today: a chance to catch up on some facts about this chewy thing that saves us the hard hours of the day. Pleasant chewing
What happens to the gum inside the body?
When gum is swallowed, the body cannot digest it or break it down. But that does not mean he stays with us in the womb forever. Like most of the food we eat, the gum will pass through the digestive tract and will be excreted in the feces within a day to 3 days. If you chew chronically, do not swallow frequently! Ingesting too much gum in a short time can lead to intestinal obstruction.
What is chewing gum made of anyway?
Manufacturers are in no hurry to discover the big secret, but by and large we know that the main ingredients are resin / petroleum.based plastic products that hold it together, and preservatives that extend its shelf life. In addition, softeners, sweeteners and flavorings that give each gum its own personal taste profile or its strange ability to lose its flavor after 5 minutes.
Is chewing gum considered food at all?
Gum is one of the few foods that is commonly chewed and spit without being socially assigned. Which makes us wonder: Is it food at all? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines chewing gum as “insoluble mass for chewing” – a type of food with a waiver. Gum is considered a “food with minimal nutritional value” along with soda water, hard candies and jelly.
How do we know when swallowing gum is dangerous?
The biggest cause for concern when swallowing gum is as mentioned intestinal obstruction. This can result from ingesting a large amount of chewing gum or digesting chewing gum along with other substances that the body cannot process. Some suspicious signs: abdominal pain, constipation, occasional vomiting. In this case, emergency surgery may be needed to remove it. And in short: do not swallow gum.
Chewing gum is not allowed in Singapore
In Singapore you will be fined $ 100 if you chew in a public place. The purpose of the legislation is to try to combat the problem of pollution after many residents in the past stuck the remains of chewed gum under chairs and tables.
The dark sides of chewing gum
Be aware of this: jaw and ear pain, deterioration of joint disease, clicks in the jaw joints, may cause difficulty in opening and closing the mouth. Scary enough? So that was not the intention. It is important to understand that all of these conditions have conservative or surgical treatment depending on the severity of the condition and it is very important to diagnose the case individually and tailor each patient to the tailor.made treatment. And perhaps the most important thing is that everything is in moderation. Excessive use of every leg will take us to the dark side. Chew for fun, not obsession.
Does chewing gum cause wrinkles?
According to experts in the field, chewing, similar to smoking cigarettes, leads to two results: The repetitive action of moving the jaw causes folds and cracks around the mouth due to overuse of the muscles. When a person chews gum, it exhausts the muscle and can even damage the tissue under the skin, which directly impairs the elasticity and elasticity of the skin. It is important to clarify that the main culprit in creating wrinkles is repetition. We are not talking here about the one.time chewer, but if I have arranged. The second thing that happens is that even if you inject yourself with silicone, for example, chewing can lead to a reversible action and dislodge the subcutaneous fillers that have been inserted into your body, earlier than expected. Hmmm, okay.
* Medical advice for infographics: Dr. Yaron Bornstein, Medical Director of Maccabident