Students are well aware that they eat when they are hungry, but do they even understand what makes them hungry? What happens to the food after they eat it? Where does it all go? These worksheets will look at general nutrition as well as the human digestive process.
If you are lucky enough, you eat three meals a day. Food is very important for the body as it acts like fuel. Food is the reason why we get to walk and talk. It helps us in our daily excursions. This is because food contains the essential nutrients that are required to keep your body going. This is the reason why doctors advise eating healthy and fresh food because it contains more nutrients for our body.
You might wonder what happens to the food that you eat and where it goes. It is a long process. Our body is made up of many organs that perform different functions. One such function is of digestion. Digestion is the process in which the food is sorted out inside your body. It is a complex process. Digestion is done by the digestive system.
There are different parts of the digestive system in which the food that you eat stays for a certain amount of periods. Each step is known to process the undigested food out of your system through the anus. Here are the important parts of the digestive system.
Mouth: Your food stays in your mouth for around ten seconds. You chew it so that it becomes easier for food to pass.
Esophagus: From your mouth, the food moves to esophagus where it takes around six seconds to pass down to the next part.
Stomach: Stomach is the part where most of the digestion takes place. The actual time for the food to remain in the stomach depends on the type of food. Most foods stay inside your stomach for around two to five hours.
Small Intestine: The food stays inside your small intestine for five to six hours.
Large Intestine: It takes the food from around twelve to twenty-four hours to pass this stage. This is the final part of the digestive system. Food passed through here is undigested and would be passed out as waste.