Q. I get a lot of gas and someone told me it would help if I stopped chewing gum all the time (ex-smoker).
That sounds like bunk to me. What do you think?
It's not bunk. When you chew gum, you swallow more often and some of what you're swallowing is air.
In addition, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol that is found in some gums can give you gas.
But, what exactly, is gas?
Most people produce between a pint and a half-gallon of gas each day. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from swallowed air make up a large part of gas or "flatus."