How Long Different Foods Take to Digest and Why It’s Important

The impact of digestion on weight loss is very significant. As we were told many times, we are what we eat. Obviously, the exact time of digestion depends on a person’s physical health, metabolism, age, and even gender, but in general, some foods pass quickly through you, while others will wander in your system for a while.

Creative Side has prepared this article to help you follow a balanced diet.

If we simplify the term, digestion time is a procedure when the food you eat breaks down into small particles that are transferred by the intestinal system to the bloodstream.

It is important to understand the digestion time to lose weight or maintain what you have already achieved.

Fast Digesting Food

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If you have a lot of fast-digesting food, you may think that you are eating much more than you should, because right after eating, everything is gone and you are hungry again.

This type of food offers a rapid increase in energy, in other words, an increase in the level of glucose. While an increase in energy looks good, if your body is flooded with glucose and doesn’t use it, the rest turns into fat.

Slow Digesting Food

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Slowly digested foods raise blood sugar levels much more slowly, providing more consistent and balanced energy. But if you eat only very slow-digesting foods, it makes your digestive system work to the max all the time and this can be quite difficult for your body.

Experts suggest that you don’t mix fast and slow food types into one meal, and avoid eating fast food right after slow food, as digestion is not over yet, so don’t overload your stomach.

The best time to process foods with components with different digestion times is during lunch when the digestive system is the most active.

Meals for breakfast and dinner should be simpler, and preferably with products that are quickly digested so that you get a boost of energy right after breakfast and let your stomach rest at night.

How Long Does It Take To Digest Various Kinds Of Food

1. Water

Enters into the intestines immediately.

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2. Fruit or vegetable juice

15-20 minutes

3. Raw vegetables

30-40 minutes

How Long Different Foods Take to Digest and Why It’s Important

4.Cooked vegetables

40 minutes

5. Fish

45-60 minutes

6. Salad with oil

1 hour

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7. Starch vegetables

1.5-2 hours

8. Grains (rice, buckwheat, quinoa)

2 hours

9. Dairy

2 hours

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10. Nuts

3 hours

11. Chicken

1.5-2 hours

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12. Beef

3 hours

13. Lamb

4 hours

14. Pork

5 hours

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Do you eat more slow-digesting or fast-digesting foods? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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