Food Absorption Processes That Are Totally Hard to Believe

Man Eating A StrawberryEveryone takes in food every day without thinking too much about it. You just chew the food properly, and that’s the end of it.

But, according to, there’s much more to food absorption than meets the eye; the moment food passes through your mouth is just the first step.

Below are other surprising things that happen when you eat:

Food Doesn’t Just Fall Down Your Stomach

As soon as you eat something, the food doesn’t only drop through your esophagus and stomach. Instead, the muscle in your esophagus guides the food down. That’s why it doesn’t matter whether you eat lying down or even upside down. In a sense, you’re literally eating the food internally.

No, Your Stomach Doesn’t Have Teeth

To break down food, the digestive system releases various kinds of acids and enzymes. Depending on the type of food you ate (protein, carbohydrates, fats, etc.), the body will have an appropriate juice for that. So, whenever you experience stomach ache or indigestion, it’s actually due to the complex food items that you ate.

The Small Intestine Plays the Larger Part in Food Absorption

While the digestive track breaks down food via acid, what ultimately processes the nutrients is the small intestine. The small intestine makes up 75% of the digestive tract, so this is most likely where the food absorption takes place.

The Reason Food Takes Time to Digest

The small intestine on average is 2,700 square feet big. Just imagine the food travelling in that vast surface area. Of course, it’ll take time before it reaches the end of its journey.

Farts, Flatus or Intestinal Gas are Partly Food

The funny thing about fart is that it’s not all about air. To produce fart, the indigestible parts of the food need to pass through the intestine, mix with the gas, and swallowed air. And the reason for the intense speed of gas? Compression!

Humans have quite a dilemma when it comes to food and nutrient digestion. But, with proper understanding, it’s possible to know how to deal with things that take place internally.