How Long Does it These Foods to Digest in the Body?

Let's talk about food for a second... because most of the day we deal with what, when, and where we should eat – meaning that food is always on our minds. It is clear why it’s important to do so and what the benefits of conscious and planned eating are, but there is another side to the subject that many don’t pay enough attention to. Lack of information about digestion times of various foods may adversely affect our health and overall feeling, as well as the various diets we try to keep. Although the time it takes for different foods to digest in the body vary from person to person because of physical conditions, various characteristics of the digestive system, age, and even sex, it is recommended that you know the average digestive times of different foods, so that you can manage your meals correctly and feel full of energy.



What is Digestive Time?

If we simplify this term, we can define the time of digestion as the length of the process in which the food we eat breaks down into very small pieces that are passed through the digestive system to the bloodstream. In this respect, it can be said that in general, the food we consume is divided into two categories - foods that are digested quickly and those that are digested slowly. If your diet is based on fast-digesting food, you may find yourself eating more than you really need, because soon after you've eaten it all will break down in the digestive system and you'll be hungry again. This type of food gives you an "energy boost" - in other words - a jump in glucose level; True, instant energy sounds like a good thing, but if your body is full of glucose, it will only use as much as it needs and the excess may turn into fat. Slow digestion, on the other hand, increases your blood sugar levels much more slowly and provides more stable and balanced energy. But if you eat only slowly digested food, you cause your digestive system to work nonstop throughout the day, making it difficult for your body.


Eating correctly according to digestion times

In general, it isn’t recommended to mix foods that are digested at different speeds in one meal, and you should avoid eating foods that are digested quickly after eating slowly digested foods. This is because the digestive process of the first portions of food is not yet over and you may create a harmful load on your digestive system. Lunch is the best time to eat foods with different digestive times because at this time our digestive system works best. In the morning and evening, you should keep it simple and eat foods that break down quickly in the body, so that in the morning you get an immediate energy boost and at night you won’t strain your stomach.


Various foods and their digestive times


Water immediately enters the intestines and does not waste unnecessary time digesting. Beyond that, if you drink only water and no other drinks, great things will happen to your body. Along with a sip of cold water on hot summer days, it’s highly recommended that you click here and discover the health benefits of drinking warm water.

Fruit and vegetable juices

Fruit and vegetable juices take between 15-20 minutes to break down in the digestive system, and they can be eaten as a light breakfast. In addition, if you want to bring make these juices and drinks really healthy, click here to learn which fruits and vegetable you need to mix to get the benefits you want!

Fresh vegetables

Different types of vegetables have a variety of health benefits, and their digestion time ranges from 30-40 minutes. You are invited to learn about the health benefits of certain fruits and vegetables, a few new and interesting ways to carve them, and how to cut them.


Cooked and steamed vegetables

After cooking or steaming, the eaten vegetables will take about 40 minutes to digest. 


Most of us love fish and enjoy the rich texture and flavor that changes according to the fish and the recipe we choose. It is important to know that the digestion time of all fish ranges from 45-60 minutes. Click here to learn common mistakes people make when picking, preparing, and cooking fish, as well as how best to cook it so that it retains its health value!

Salad dressed with oil

Who among us does not like to savor a salad rich in healthy vegetables? Almost all of us enjoy it so much, and it is very important that you know that these salads take about an hour to digest in the stomach. 


Starchy vegetables 

Many vegetables contain starch among them, potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, carrots, green peas, pumpkin, beets, radishes, turnips, corn, Jerusalem artichokes, parsley, celery, horseradish and more. (clicking on the vegetables will take you to a page about their health benefits)). It is important that you know that their digestion time is longer than the rest of the vegetables and that it takes your body between an hour and a half to two hours to digest them.


On this list, you’ll find rice, buckwheat, quinoa and more, and the digestion of all grains takes about two hours

Dairy products

Dairy products are a favorite for almost everyone. Along with the great love for different dairy products, you should know that their digestive time is two hours.



All nuts are very tasty and can be used as a readily-available and nutritious energy snack. Along with the health benefits they have, it is important to recognize that their digestive time takes about 3 hours!


Many of us love chicken, whether barbecued, stewed or fried - its rich taste fascinates us. It is only important that you know that the digestion time of the chicken meat may last from one and a half to two hours. If you suddenly have a craving for chicken, check out the following recipe list, which you can use to make special and tasty chicken dishes as well as this guide to cooking the perfect chicken


Meat of all kinds are very popular around the world. The variety of ways one can cook and prepare meat is what makes it so desirable. You should know though that digesting it takes between three and four hours. Click here to learn how to correctly thaw your meat and where each cut of beef comes from!

To sum up…

Now that you’ve learned the digestive times of various foods, you can put together a daily menu that will make it easier on your digestive system. You’ve also acquired extensive knowledge including various recipes and health benefits, you can pass on to your friends and family so that they can also make use of it.

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