Does chewing gum make you fart?
on 12/7/09 12:55 pm
I was watching a show on Animal Planet that said bulldogs fart because they swallow more air than dogs with a longer snout.
That started me thinking...
If you're chewing gum you're incorporating air bubbles into the saliva that you swallow. It would seem like gum chewing would give a person gas. I wonder if that's why some doctors tell post ops not to chew it. Most grown people have sense enough to chew gum without swallowing it and pluging up their stoma.
Can you tell I have some extra time on my hands today?
on 12/8/09 5:44 am
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Apparently there are LOTS of us out there that didn't know the stuff can BLOAT you so unmercifully it can cause EXTREME issues.
I am one of those people. I actually went on an antibiotic thinking there was a bacterial issue in my tract-but that wasn't it. I was reading one day and I decided to STOP chewing gum for TWO days.
My gas problem. Ended. I am not kidding. If you are chewing quite a bit of sugar free gum and you are having trouble-try for two days and let me know! LOL!
on 12/8/09 5:35 am
OMG!!! I chew sugarless gum all day long.
I don't know if I can go cold turkey.
Chewing gum stimulates your saliva glands and it increases peristalsis, the forward motion of your GI tract.
Once your GI tract is moving properly the gas created by that darling bacteria that lives there also moves forward and exits giving you that golden toot.
Here's a link -
on 12/8/09 5:40 am
Thanks for the link!
on 12/7/09 9:36 pm
To achieve this, however, one would have to several pieces of gum a day. Swallowing air would make it worse, of course, but the sugar alcohols (sorbitol, mannitol, erythritol, and isomalt) are the real culprit.
on 12/8/09 5:37 am
Interesting. Sugar alcohols give me diarrhea when I eat them in large quantities. The worst episode I ever had was when I once ate some SF ice cream.