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How Fast Does Food Gets Digested?

How Fast Does Food Gets Digested?

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Ever wonder how long does various food stays in our stomach before it gets ’emptied’ ?


Here are the list of common food groups and their digestion times :



When stomach is empty, water leaves immediately and goes to the intestines.



Fruit, Vegetables or Vegetable-based Broth -> 15 to 20 minutes.


Semi Liquid Food

Blended Salad, Vegetables or Fruits -> 20 to 30 minutes.



Watermelon, Canteloupe, Honeydew, Oranges, Grapefruit, Grapes, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Cherries -> 30 to 40 minutes.


Vegetables (in Raw Tossed Salad form)

Tomatoes, Lettuces, Cucumber, Celerey, Red & Green Pepper -> 30 to 40 minutes.


Steamed Or Cooked Vegetables

Spinach, Kale, Collards, Zucchini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, String Beans, Yellow Squash, Corn On Cob, Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Turnips -> 40 to 50 minutes.


Semi Concentrated Carbohydrates (Starch)

Corn, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Yam, Chestnuts -> 60 minutes.


Concentrated Carbohydrates (Grains)

Brown Rice, Millet, Buckwheat, Cornmeal, Oats -> 90 minutes.


Concentrated Carbohydrates and Proteins – Legumes and Beans

  • Lentils, Lima Beans, Chick Peas, Peas, Pigeon Peas, Kidney Beans -> 90 minutes.
  • Soybeans -> 120 minutes


Seeds and Nuts

Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame Seeds, Alomnds, Peanuts(raw form), Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, Pecans -> 2.5 Hours to 3 hours.



  • Skim Milk, Cottage/Low-Fat Pot Cheese, Ricotta -> 90 minutes
  • Whole Milk Cottage Cheese -> 120 Minutes
  • Whole Milk Hard Cheese -> 4 to 5 hours


Animal Proteins

  • Egg Yolk -> 30 minutes
  • Whole Egg -> 45 minutes
  • Salmon, Herring, Fatty-type Fish -> 45 to 60 minutes
  • Chicken (without skin) -> 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Turkey (without skin) -> 2 to 2.25 hours
  • Beef, Lamb -> 3 to 4 hours
  • Pork -> 4.5 to 5 hours
Madeline Kwan

Madeline graduated with honours in Bachelor of Science Dietetics with Nutrition and is now pursuing the Master Of Science (Health Sciences) course. Currently working as clinical dietitian in a private health institution in Singapore, Madeline shares her passion for nutrition & diet education, repoductive health and general fitness tips by in her articles for YesMyWellness.com. She is also involved in a number of community projects, which includes travelling to rural areas in South East Asia conducting talks, workshops, health checks.

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