Another week, another Q&A. Today’s question is: “How long does the food you eat stay inside your stomach?”
If you’ve never thought about this or are curious, watch this video to find out:
Before your food arrives in your stomach, of course, first, you have to chew and swallow it.
Chewing food takes between 5 to 30 seconds
Swallowing takes about 10 seconds
Food churning and grinding in the stomach can last 3-4 hours
It takes 3-6 hours for food to move through the small intestine
The remaining water in the food is sucked up by the large intestine and can take up to 18-24 hours.
The length of time that your food is digested also depends on the type of food.
Fatty and fiber-rich food takes longer time to digest than carbohydrates and proteins, since the molecular structure of fat is complex and fiber cannot be digested by the human gut.