My question is this: In fasting, if when is to fast for 9 days and these include uding working hours. If at a point one decide to chew a chewing -gum to get rid of the mouth odour that develop as a result of the fast, not swallowing the content, is it considered cancelled for the fact that one has put something in his/her mouth? Because, when you go on hours without eating it is likely that such thing occurs.
Answer by Fr. Jay Toborowsky on 1/14/2008:
Eating involves swallowing, in my book. But if you want to be sure, drop the gum and carry a travel sized mouthwash in your car.