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When you chew gum does your body think there's food coming and add extra  acid to your stomach?

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Age:9
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« Last Edit: 11/10/2010 13:30:03 by _system »


 

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Does chewing gum trigger stomach acid production?
« Reply #1 on: 12/10/2010 13:56:37 »
Chewing is part of the cephalic phase of digestion. This stage can be triggered by sight, smell, chewing and even anticipation. Signals are sent from or via the brain to the stomach to prepare for the arrival of food. This does cause an increase in the production of gastric fluids.

Chewing gum also gives you the errrmmmm, how can I put this to a 9 year old without being crude?

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