Our expert says:
Food that is eaten is subjected to a very complex digestion process that takes place throughout the digestive system. Absorption on some foods already takes place in the mouth and the final absorption occurs in the colon. It can take up to 12 hours for the digestion process to be completed. Factors that influence the speed of absorption include the composition of the food (fat, dietary fibre and protein contents), if the energy is in liquid or solid form (liquid energy is absorbed faster) and physiological factors such as the acid content of the stomach (people with a low stomach acid content have difficulties in absorbing certain nutrients).
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