How Long Does It Take To Digest Food?


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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
On average, it takes your body around 75-80 hours to process food.

However, it really depends on what you've eaten (as well as a number of other factors).

How long does it take to digest food?
The digestive system is a lot more complicated than you might think.

At the moment you set your eyes on a tasty piece of food, your brain sends a message to your stomach to start producing enzymes, so that it's ready to break down the meal you're about to eat.

On a chemical level, the type of food you eat will have a major impact on how long it takes to process.

Essentially, digestion is simply the process by which your stomach breaks down chemical compounds - and how complex these compounds are will affect how long it takes your body to break them down.

The liver and pancreas also play a really important role in the digestion of food, so how well they're operating, and how much work they have to do to process a meal.
denean henderson Profile
It all depends on what you are digesting. Different food takes different amounts of time.
markeith jackson Profile
Usually 24 to 72 hours in healthy people. But also like rayoflight and ihra04 said, it depends on what you ate.

Beef is known to take a long time to digest, which can cause problems. Other foods take less time, but meat takes a while.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Varies between 6 to 8 hours depending on the type of food, the age and physical health of the person.
Anish Chandy Profile
Anish Chandy answered
Food digestion is a complex process that involves the brain, the mouth, the food pipe, the stomach, various acids and enzymes and the intestines.

When the brain is aware that you are about to consume food, it sends messages to the intestines that it will soon have a job to do. This prepares the intestinal tract for the food that is going to come its way.

The digestive process is quickened, and it is also smoother, when you chew your food properly to break it down into smaller bits.

As you chew and break up the fibers in the food, your saliva will release enzymes to make the food ready for the enzymes in the stomach.

Saliva also plays the role of a natural lubricator, and water is an artificial lubricator. The lubricating action is required for the food to travel to the stomach via the food pipe (better known as the esophagus).

The stomach will mix the food properly by expanding and contracting its muscles.

The length of time taken to digest food will depend on the type of food that is being consumed. If a person is sick, then his system could take a longer time to digest the food.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It takes a day - 24 hours - to digest food.
ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
It takes about 24 to 40 hours to digest food in healthy individuals. Moreover, it also depends on what you have eaten.

For example, it takes long to digest meat. So, no firm answer for this, but - approximately - it takes 20 to 40 hours.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It takes about 2-3 days and over 70 hours for the whole body to digest food completely, which is a very tedious process with lots of stages to overcome.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It takes about 75 hours, which is about 2-3 days at the maximum, but it may vary by the different types of food. Some take longer to digest while others are easier to digest.

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