How Long does it take for Different Foods to get Digested?

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We all know how much time it takes for certain food items to cook, but do you know how long it takes for different food items to get digested by the stomach? Let BetterButter tell you about this!


1) Water

Water is digested by the body in 0 minutes. The main reason for this is that water is a liquid, not a solid and our body is made up of 60% water.


2) Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Raw fruits and vegetables provide some much-needed nutrition to the body. They are digested by the body in 15-20 minutes.


3) Cooked Vegetables

Steamed, sautéed, roasted or simply boiled-cooked vegetables are digested by the body within 40 minutes.


4) Fish

Seafood such as fish is digested by the body in 45-60 minutes.


5) Chicken

Chicken, the most common meat consumed by non-vegetarians, takes 90-120 minutes to be digested by the body.


6) Milk/Dairy Products

Milk and/or dairy products, which are the main sources of calcium for the body, are digested by the body in 120 minutes.


7) Nuts

Nuts keep the body warm during the winters. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are considered to be healthy fats for the body. It takes the body 180 minutes to digest nuts.

Since you know how long it takes for certain foods to be digested by the body now, try and plan your meals according to these times. Always try to maintain a gap of at least two hours between the time you eat your dinner and the time you go to sleep, in order to ensure that the food is properly digested by the body.  

Sources: AARP,, Cooking Light, Mashed, Medical News Today, Pixabay.

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