How does gum have calories if we don’t actually eat it?

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How does gum have calories if we don’t actually eat it?

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The calories on food stuffs are the total, not the portion you swallow.

Sugars in the gum are desolved in saliva and swallowed or absorbed directly through the mouth tissue. So even if you don’t swallow the gum, the primary calories in it you typically would.

You’re getting calories from the flavoring and sugar that you swallow and absorb through the area underneath your tongue

Pour a bunch of sugar on a piece of paper. Put the sugar and paper in your mouth and chew it. Once you don’t taste any more sugar, spit the paper out. Do you think you just consumed some calories even though you didn’t eat any paper? The answer is yes. Same concept applies to gum.

Think of gum as rubber coated with sugar and flavorings. The sugar and flavorings dissolve and you do swallow the liquid.