Do you know what happens to your food after you eat it?
It’s a well-known fact that food first goes into your stomach, where it’s broken down with the help of certain enzymes. Then it goes to your intestines, and it’s finally excreted as waste. Various types of food require a different amount of time to finish this cycle.
Fruit is the easiest to digest. It takes around three hours to digest and eliminate fruit — one hour in the stomach, another hour in the small intestine, and one more hour in the large intestine.
For vegetables, this process is a bit longer and takes around six hours — two hours in the stomach, and two hours in both small and large intestine.
Grains are the hardest for the body to digest. It takes 18 hours to digest and eliminate foods such as rice, pasta, or bread.
Of course, these are just estimates because everybody is different, but the less water the food item contains, the harder and longer it takes for the body to process it.