The Digestive System

By Abby Jones

What happens when you eat your favorite food? Maybe it’s a slice of pizza or chicken nuggets. You know it tastes yummy, but what happens next?

Digestion is the process of turning the food we eat into energy. The dinner we ate last night will let us run, walk, think, and write today. If we stopped eating we would run out of energy and die.

Once you swallow your food, the process of digestion starts. That yummy pizza or chicken nugget goes on a trip that is more than 30 feet long through your digestive system. First, the food travels through your esophagus, which is a tube that pushes the food down to your stomach. In the stomach, the food mixes with juices in your stomach. These juices are acids. They dissolve the food and break it down. The food continues its journey through the small and large intestine. About a day later, what’s left comes out – as poop and pee. Along the way, the liver collects nutrients from food so your body can use it. The gallbladder and pancreas sends juices to the intestines to help with digestion.

Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011. Print.

Fun Fact!

Fat takes the longest to digest! Many stomachs are only able to process 10 grams of fat per hour. A common fast food meal contains about 50-60 grams of total fat. So lets say you go and buy fast food around 7:00pm, the fat in that meal might not be leaving the stomach until midnight or 1:00am!

The World's Healthiest Foods. The George Mateljan Foundation, 2001. Web. 23 Sept. 2014.

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