How long does it take to digest food?
The amount of time it takes to digest food will always depend on what types of different foods you have eaten. Generally, it takes around 24-72 hours of food to move through your digestive tract. Different factors such as metabolism, gender and whether someone suffers with digestive issues could all contribute to the rate of digestion, either slowing down or speeding up the process.
Food travels fairly quick through a person’s digestive system, the first process may take around 6-8 hours for food to travel from the small intestine to the large intestine. However, once the food has reached the large intestine it can sit there for at least a day to be broken down even more into smaller particles.
The rate of digestion also depends on what foods you may have eaten, for example; fish and meat products can take as long as 2 days to fully digest compared to foods such as fruit and vegetables taking as quick as a day due to being high in fibre. Foods that are high in fibre help the digestive tract course run with added efficiency.