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.

  1. January 31, 2019

    I eat mostly fruits and vegetables throughout the day, a piece of fish or chicken breast from time to time, and I see changes in the quality of my skin as soon as I increase the intake of sugary foods, like lack of energy, breakouts, etc. Healthy food is the key to a good heath.

  2. February 1, 2019

    Complete digestion of food takes anywhere between 24 to 72 hours and depends on several factors, including the type of food eaten and the presence of digestive issues. Protein-rich foods and fatty foods, such as meat and fish, can take longer to digest than high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Sweets, such as candy, crackers, and pastries, are among the fastest foods digested.

  3. February 24, 2019

    Great reading so far! On average, food takes 6 to 8 hours to pass from the stomach and small. From there, it may take over a day to digest further. If you have lots of fast-digesting food, you may find that you are eating way more than you should, because very soon after you eat it, it’s all gone. Thanks and keep up the great work!

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