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Food Digestion Times

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 vegetables, vegetable broth - 15 to 20 minutes.

Semi-liquid

(blended salad, vegetables or fruits) - 20 to 30 min.

 

Fruits

Watermelon - 20 min.digestion time.

Other melons - Canteloupe, Cranshaw, Honeydew etc. - 30 min.

Oranges, grapefruit, grapes - 30 min.

Apples, pears, peaches, cherries etc. - digest in 40 min.

 

Vegetables

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

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. digestion time

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. digestion.

 

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. digestion time

soy beans -120 min. digestion time

 

Seeds & Nuts

Seeds - Sunflower, pumpkin, pepita, sesame - Digestive time approx. 2 hours.

Nuts - Almonds, filberts, peanuts (raw), cashews, brazil, walnuts, pecans etc. - 2 1/2 to 3 hours to digest.

 

Dairy

Skim milk, cottage or low fat pot cheese or ricotta - approx. 90 min. digestion time

whole milk cottage cheese - 120 min. digestion

whole milk hard cheese - 4 to 5 hours digestion time

 

Animal proteins

Egg yolk - 30 min. digestion time

Whole egg - 45 min.

 

Fish - cod, scrod, flounder, sole seafood - 30 min. digestion time

Fish - salmon, salmon trout, herring, (more fatty fish) - 45 min. to 60 digestion time

 

Chicken - 11/2 to 2 hours digestion time (without skin)

Turkey - 2 to 2 1/4 hours digestion time (without skin)

Beef, lamb - 3 to 4 hours digestion time

Pork - 41/2 to 5 hours digestion time

 

 

 

 

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