The Importance of Eating Foods in Proper Order

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Have you ever eaten a great meal and then spent the following few hours belching as the food “bounces” or “rebels” from indigestion? Unfortunately, this is common. The good news is that in a lot of cases, this is an easy fix.

The digestive system’s job is to break up foods so the nutrients we need can be absorbed. What most people don’t realize is that we digest different types of foods at different rates. Our stomach acid can break down things like fruit much faster than a baked potato or meats.

Sadly, we live in a culture where sweets and fruits are a treat after a big meal. As the food in your stomach starts to break down, it progresses to the intestines. If slower digesting food blocks that progress, the food that digests first is forced to sit in your stomach, getting rancid and releasing gas (BURP!)

Whether you suffer from indigestion or are experiencing diarrhoea, vomiting or an illness that requires you to be gentle on your tummy, the food transit list can help you choose foods that are easy to digest. It will also help you when preparing full meals.


Food Transit Times

Food
Time to Digest
Water
0-10 minutes
Juices & Broth
15-30 minutes
Fruit & Sweets
30-60 minutes
Sprouts
60 minutes
Low Starch & Leafy Greens Vegetables
1-2 hours
Grains & Legumes (including bread)
1-2 hours
Starchy Vegetables
2-3 hours
Nuts, Dairy & Eggs
2-4 hours
Meat & Fish
3-4 hours
Shellfish
4-8+ hours

PLEASE NOTE

This information is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.


More and more people are using a technique called, Food Combining when creating meals. While there are specific rules for food combining, the main focus revolves around being conscious of how long each food type takes to digest. By selecting foods that digest at the same rate, you can create a tasty, healthy meal that your body will digest without hassle.


© 2012 I Am Rosa

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hi Rosa. Yes, i agree that in order for us to get the proper nutrients and vitamins on what we eat, we must also consider eating our food in their proper order to maximize its effect and health benefits.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

I didn't know that shellfish takes a long to digest. We have mussels once or twice a month.

Nice hub. 1 arrow up. :)


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

it is really necessary to know the proper order of the foods we taking in. one, to get all the vitamins we need and to help solve indigestion. It's a win-win thing!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Spy - Thanks for reading! It really does make a difference!

Beingwell - Thanks so much! I was surprised about that as well when I found out. Soooo yummy, but so long to digest!

Snowdrops - I was surprised at how well it worked when I learned about it and wonder why we were never taught this in health education classes at school.


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lmlynde 4 years ago from Nevada

Great information about this topic! I was curious about the digestive time of eggs. I usually have a little egg & spinach omelette a few times a week.


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by. Great question. Nuts, Dairy & Eggs take 2-4 hours. Your omelette in specific may take as little as 2 hours to digest.


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lmlynde 4 years ago from Nevada

Thanks so much Rosa for this helpful info! Love those darn nuts, but I have had to learn how to eat the things you love in moderation! Good thing it worked or I would really be a NUT! : )


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

No problem :-) LOL - moderation is a very important skill, indeed!


lasertekservices 4 years ago from Fargo, North Dakota

Thank you so much for this info.


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

My pleasure!


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heartwort 4 years ago from Virginia

Thanks, that's something that'll be easy to think about.


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

You're welcome :-) It's such an easy adjustment to make and the bonus is that, digestive-wise, it's best to eat dessert first ;-) lol

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