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Does chewing gum make you fart?

So Blessed!
on 12/7/09 12:55 pm

Serious question.  

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? 

Kristi H.
on 12/7/09 1:11 pm - Killeen, TX
Interesting for sure,  I would think it would cause you to burp more, but sounds like a google search for me! hehe
on 12/7/09 1:31 pm
That ain't just 'air' coming outta MY bulldog! (*grin*)
on 12/7/09 1:37 pm, edited 12/7/09 1:39 pm
lol no


So Blessed!
on 12/8/09 5:44 am

love your avatar

on 12/7/09 1:42 pm - Akron, OH
RNY on 08/11/09 with
I don't know, but I sure did giggle when I read your question.
Miss Redd
on 12/7/09 1:56 pm - Lancashire, United Kingdom
Actually YES. Two things at play here though. The first is about swallowed air. That can cause "some" extra air. The other thing that not everyone knows is about sugar free gum.

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!


Pre Surgery 383 Surgery 359 Current 180



So Blessed!
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. 

Miss Redd
on 12/8/09 5:47 am - Lancashire, United Kingdom
I know~! I admit-I was totally smacked out on it. I was constantly chewing. It was NOT cute for the first couple of days, but I am Ok now.

WHEW! AND gas free!!!

Pre Surgery 383 Surgery 359 Current 180



on 12/7/09 5:08 pm - Hurdle Mills, NC
LOL, since i had RNY EVERYTHING makes me fart!!!

Judy R


 *Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow* 

on 12/7/09 6:13 pm - Santa Rosa, CA

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 -
A wise woman once said "You have to remember its only a tool....You still have to do the work....The difference is that you have a big shovel instead of a spoon to do it with."  

(deactivated member)
on 12/7/09 6:47 pm
"golden toot" hahaha, that gave me a "golden giggle"!

So Blessed!
on 12/8/09 5:40 am

 Thanks for the link!
FastFingers ~*~
on 12/7/09 9:36 pm
It's possible.  Sugar free chewing gum is sweetened with sugar alcohols, which can - in sufficient doses - cause massive gas.  The kind that could frighten farm animals.  SERIOUSLY.

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.

                                   Flying Spagetti Monster

"Doubt everything.  Find your own light."
Last words of Gautama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

on 12/8/09 5:56 am - AR
Yes.  Quite a bit in fact.  Especially if it is sugar free gum. 

Not only have I conducted vast experiments in this field, but my husband can provide testimony as to the results. 
Valerie G.
on 12/8/09 6:57 pm - Northwest Mountains, GA
If  you're chewing a lot of sugar free gum, the artificial sweeteners can definitely give you gas!

 9 years post op DS 
There is room on this earth for all of God's to the mashed potatoes

So Blessed!
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.