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The physiological process of breaking down food into its constituent parts to provide nutrition for the body.

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Digestion of milk in humans

The intial step in the digestion of milk in humans is carried out by which of the following enzymes? A) lipase. B) trypsin. C) rennin. D) pepsin. I'm confused between the C and D option. as it'...
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Is some of the energy of food lost during digestion?

I know that chemical energy of food is converted to heat energy to be used by the body in many metabolic reactions. Specifically, I know that the breaking down of bonds is what releases energy. Does ...
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How do bile salts affect lipase activity?

BACKGROUND: It is well known that bile salts are needed for emulsification of fats. It is then said that this increases the surface area for activity of pancreatic lipase, implying that bile salts ...
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Cholesterol and fatty acids role in bile? [closed]

The composition of gallbladder bile is 97% water, 0.7% bile salts, 0.2% bilirubin, 0.51% fats (cholesterol, fatty acids and lecithin)1. Bile's role is mainly help for digestion of lipids via bile ...
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How is chewing gum processed?

There is the common belief that Chewing gum takes 7 years to digest But is this actually true? Does it really stick to your intestines for 7 years, or is it processed like all foods, except it isn'...
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How Anopheles crop doesn't digest gametocytes of P. vivax?

Background According to my A-level textbook: When Anopheles mosquitoes inject their proboscises and suck up blood from human host of malaria agent, they suck all stages of malaria parasite present in ...
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Can you eat enough to make your stomach explode?

Background After eating a large meal last night, I noticed that my tummy had significantly enlarged. After that, I started wondering if eating too much could cause a stomach to explode. Could this ...
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Is aquafaba readily digestible?

I have always drained and tossed the water from canned beans. My understanding has been that the water that canned beans are soaked and cooked in contains raffinose, the gas-causing sugars that humans ...
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How does horse extract the energy to needs from a relatively small digestive system?

Recently I saw Inside nature's gaints episode on horse, and was fascinated about its internal organisation. And my question is that they have a very large lungs to accommodate, but a relatively ...
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Secondary/ Acquired lactose intolerance

Acquired lactose intolerance may occur due to a sudden and high intake of milk-based diets. Lactase is an inducible enzyme. So if lactase is an inducible enzyme then why increase intake of lactose is ...
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How does hydration affect digestion?

My textbook( biochemistry by Satyanarayana, 4th edition pg.no:166) says: The polysaccharides get hydrated during heating which is essential for their efficient digestion. (I think there is a typo ,...
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Digestion Enzymes in Carbohydrate Metabolism?

Digestion of carbohydrates is ending in small intestine with mainly disaccharidases. Isomaltose is broken down to 2 molecules of glucose by the enzyme called alpha dextrinase(oligo-1,6 glucosidase or ...
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What are the sites of nutrient digestion and absorption in the human GI tract? [closed]

Where does nutrient digestion and then absorption take place for different nutrients along the alimentary tract?
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Can we digest food as well as herbivores [duplicate]

I heard some guy say that we can't digest plant food as well as herbivores. Which seems weird to me seeing as how humans can survive without any nutrient deficiencies besides b12 on only plants but we ...
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When salivary amylase breaks down starch, are those substances tagged or destined for a particular use in the body [closed]

When salivary amylase breaks down starch, are those substances identified for a particular use in the body?
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Does food really give our bodies the energies that we have determined by burning them in the lab?

You are likely to have come across numbers like sugars 17kJ/g (4kcal/g) as the energy supposedly available to our bodies after eating. Yet these values have been determined using very artificial means,...
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What percentage of human excrement is toxic if ingested?

I have been considering food production, waste management and 3D food printing, particularly during space exploration. This led me to wonder if human excrement could be processed into raw materials ...
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Is there a link between digestion and nightmares?

A common belief is that eating too much before going to sleep can cause to have nightmares. In fact, I often experience it: I systematically have nightmares after eating too much in the evening. ...
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What are the consequences of drinking water with food?

Does drinking water with a meal release lesser energy/glucose into the blood stream due to a diluted digestive mixture ? For simplification : If a person eats 100 grams of cooked jasmine rice with no ...
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How does the human stomach handle a mix of digested and undigested food?

As I understand it, the stomach digests the bolus into chyme and then passes the latter on to the small intestine. This process takes between 40 minutes and a few hours. However, what happens when ...
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Is there a difference in how Gas is produced which determines if it becomes a burp or flatulence?

I know that some gases are heavier than air and in the case of a gas leak it's best to escape to higher ground, while some gases are lighter than air such as Helium. However unlike Helium I haven't ...
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How can birds disperse seeds when they are able to digest them?

I've just read in a book that birds' guts can digest almost all the consumed seeds with the exception of mistletoe and loranthus (which stays stuck on the branches). On the other hand, I know that the ...
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Would it be possible to eat things from another planet [closed]

Although at first glance my question is perhaps better suited for a space exploration or sci-fi forum I looked and felt this forum was more appropriate. What makes plants and animals edible and ...
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How does consumption of vinegar affect food chemistry?

For example: does consumption of vinegar somehow change digestion of flour (bread, cakes, pasta, puffs) ? May be there are some benefits to eat flour meal with vinegar ?
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Where do class 2 preservatives end up after digestion?

Do anybody know what happens to class 2 preservatives in general after they are digested - i.e details like weather they are absorbed into blood as simplest elements or excreted out or assimilated to ...
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Enzymes and Digestion

If biological enzymes (protease,amylase,lipase etc.) just speed up the reaction (in the digestion process), then what actually digests the food?? (I'm a secondary student)
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Is there evidence to suggest that nutrients in vitamin capsules are not as readily absorbed as the same nutrients in whole foods?

I recently fell ill with a cold, and began to take a vitamin C capsule each day to help my immune system. When I noticed no change in my condition, I began to incorporate an abundance of citrus into ...
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Can an emulsion enter a cell?

I've been tempted on cooking.stackexchange to answer a question, and I did, out of my mind. (In retrospect, I shouldn't have done so, based on my lack of citable resources.) I've heard that a water ...
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Does food continue to stay sequential once it is inside my body?

I may be very off on many scientific details here, but I'm always all ears. As far as I understand, any food that is eaten goes to the stomach, gets broken down even further into smaller food ...
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why is cellulase not found in animals? [closed]

As it is really beneficial for all organisms, why are animals, especially mammals (I don't know about other vertebrates) unable to synthesize cellulase enzyme in their body? Is it linked to some DNA ...
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Why do we get sleeply after we eat?

After we have eaten, we feel cold and sleepy. I think it's because the maximum blood supply is transferred towards the digestive system so that digestion is done, and therefore the brain to does not ...
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Which metazoans host anaerobes to aid in digestion? Do any host oxic digestive tracts?

Many metazoans (e.g., mammals, insects, earthworms) have anoxic digestive tracts that are colonized by anaerobic microbes that perform portions of digestion of food for the host. Some other metazoans ...
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How protein denaturation affects digestion?

Which one of these is a) easier to digest, b) more nutritious (in whatever sense): 1. scrambled egg, 2. raw egg. Bascially is "denatured protein are worse than not denatured" a myth, or not?
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Why do feces vary so little in color?

Why do feces vary in color so much less than the food they are results of? E.g. you may eat food of all kinds of different colors but the resulting feces will almost always be some shade of brown.
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How do people digest fat after gall bladder removal surgery?

How do people digest fat after gallbladder removal surgery? How can they tolerate a high fat diet?
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What is a substance that is safe to eat, not absorbed and not metabolized?

I would like to know whether there are substances that are safe for humans to consume, are not absorbed and do not interact with any digestive process. So, food is disqualified because although it ...
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(How) Does the human digestive system process petroleum jelly, aka petrolatum?

Does the human digestive system processes petroleum jelly? In other words, does it pass through the digestive system without any interaction, or is it absorbed and/or metabolized?
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Influence of eating at late night on sleep

I have often heard the saying that one shouldn't eat a mountain of food because blood will go to the stomach and it'll be difficult to sleep well because the stomach can't rest at night. I see that ...
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Does freezing microorganisms such as probiotics kill them?

Does freezing microorganisms such as probiotics kill them? If not, what is the process that allows them to "come back to life" after the temperatures are increased? As an example, lets say you ...
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Why are triacylglycerols broken down before being absorbed?

So when dietary fats are in the small intestine, they are emulsified by bile salts in order for action by lipases to occur. Lipases degrade the triacylglycerols into monoacylglycerols, ...
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Can reptiles digest grains?

As a caretaker of a turtle, I sometimes struggle understanding the logic behind the inclusion of corn, soybean, and wheat meals in reptile food, such ingredients seem truly aberrant from what a ...
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Does eating bananas help digestion? [closed]

I don't know what I am asking is silly or not, but I have always heard that eating a banana after a meal helps in digestion. Some people says before food while others say after. Is it a fact or some ...
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Is plastic just as good for you as corn?

To specify, I mean plain corn-on-the-cob, not anything processed like corn flakes. Since one of the main important functions of corn is that it's not digestible, and therefore helps with digestion by ...
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What happens to lactic acid I eat?

Let's say I drink some Kefir Milk, what happens to the lactic acid in the Kefir Milk that has entered my digestive system?
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Does a walk after a meal help with digestion?

I am a bit confused with the notion that "walking after meals helps you in digestion ", Some say that it helps, whereas others oppose it. Can someone come up with a valid explanation for this?
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How to increase the rate of absorption and assimilation of food? [closed]

i was reading this and want to know excerpt from the above link...
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What is reductive deamination?

This presentation on anaerobic digestion mentions (pg. 19) two major pathways for the digestion of amino acids: Stickland reaction and reductive deamination. While I find some info on the former, what ...
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How does regurgitated food go to the 3rd stomach chamber instead of going to the 1st?

Ruminants are known for their regurgitation of food; the food goes through the 1st and 2nd stomach chambers, then returns to the oral cavity in cuds. The cuds then come back into the stomach, but this ...
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Does adding milk to cereal make it harder for our body to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the cereal?

I add about 3/4 cups of Blue Diamond almond milk (unsweetened) every morning to a single serving of Cheerios. The milk contains filtered water, and I read that drinking water with food at the same ...
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Are the byproducts of mammalian digestion simply depleted versions of the food or liquid consumed?

When mammals consume food and digest it or drink fluids that are then filtered by their kidneys, are the waste products generated simply depleted versions of what they consumed? Are there other ...