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    ricky23 is offline Junior Member
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    digestion times

    hi everyone, just thought id add this info about digestion times of different foods - DIGESTION TIME OF VARIOUS FOODS

    (approx. time spent in stomach before emptying). ........
    Water: when stomach is empty, leaves immediately and goes into intestines,
    Juices - Fruit/vegetable, vegetable broth: 15 to 20 minutes.
    Semi-liquid - (blended salad, vegetables or fruits): 20 to 30 min.


    Watermelon: 20 min.
    Other melons - Canteloupe, Cranshaw, Honeydew etc.: 30 min.
    Oranges, grapefruit, grapes: 30 min.
    Apples, pears, peaches, cherries etc.: 40 min.


    Raw tossed salad vegetables - tomato, lettuces, cuber, celery, red or green pepper, other succulent vegetables: 30 to 40 min.

    Steamed or cooked vegetables
    Leafy vegetables - escarole, spinach, kale, collards etc. - 40 min.
    Zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, yellow squash, corn on cob: all 45 min
    Root vegetables - carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips etc.: 50 min.

    Semi-Concentrated Carbohydrates - Starches
    Jerusalem artichokes & leafy, acorn & butternut squashes, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, chestnuts: all 60 min.

    Concentrated Carbohydrates - Grains

    Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats (first 3 vegetables best): 90 min.
    Legumes & Beans - (Concentrated Carbohydrate & Protein)
    Lentils, limas, chick peas, peas, pigeon peas, kidney beans, etc.: 90 min.
    soy beans: approx. 2 hours.

    Seeds & Nuts

    Seeds - Sunflower, pumpkin, pepita, sesame: approx. 2 hours.
    Nuts - Almonds, filberts, peanuts (raw), cashews, brazil, walnuts, pecans etc.: 2-1/2 to 3 hours


    Skim milk, cottage or low fat pot cheese or ricotta: approx. 90 min.
    whole milk cottage cheese: 120 min.
    whole milk hard cheese: 4 to 5 hours

    Animal proteins

    Egg yolk: 30 min.
    Whole egg: 45 min.
    Fish - cod, scrod, flounder, sole seafood - 30 min.
    Fish - salmon, salmon trout, herring, (more fatty fish): 45 min. to 60 min.
    Chicken: 1-1/2 to 2 hours (without skin)
    Turkey: 2 to 2-1/4 hours (without skin)
    Beef, lamb: 3 to 4 hours
    Pork: 4-1/2 to 5 hours

    found this on another thread so not sure how accurate it is because no source was left.

    pretty interesting though, also read that drinking water while eating interferes with proper digestion, im having 500g protein a day and its difficult not to zip water while eating dry chicken breasts and rice! but ive switched over to around 200ml of diet coke with meals and it does make a difference, not as gassy as before!
    just thought this info might help with meal timing.

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    Nice post!

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    ya cool to know this kind of stuff. the water part really shocked me.. i dont have that any digestive problems or anything is it still an issue... i really dont want any other fluid going in right now lol

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    You switched from drinking water to diet coke with meals?

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    My God, I eat pork like crazy and cheese. I was just seeing if that 5h time was correct and it is. I also found something that is kind of disturbing:

    What's important to note about foods that take a significantly longer time to digest than others is that any easily digestible foods are held in the stomach until the slowest digesting foods are released. During this lay time, fruit, vegetables, and other fast-digesting foods begin to ferment—producing gas, acid, and indigestion.

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    This is a great post, If anyone has any references it would do the thread good.

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